Group works to create understanding about mental illness, gun violence

According to multiple studies in recent years, mental illness diagnoses are not as closely related to mass shootings as some believe. News coverage after a tragedy can often focus on a violent offender’s troubled past or difficulties in social settings, such as in a Washington Post article published after the Parkland shooting that cited the shooter’s previous “mental health concerns.” However, a 2015 study by Jonathan M. Metzl in the American Journal of Public Health says fewer than 3 to 5 percent of crimes in the United States involve people with mental illness.

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