Stigma and mental illness in the aftermath of mass shootings

Stigma and mental illness in the aftermath of mass shootings

Tighter gun control restrictions might help with gun violence in general, but these restrictions will not help people with mental illness. Public panic that arises following mass shootings might stir up wrong-headed fears that link violence to mental illness, but these fears – and the associated stigma – will not help people with mental illness. Even increased mental health services are not likely to help people with mental illness, if stigma keeps them away from these services.

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