Violence is not a consequence of mental illness

Violence is not a consequence of mental illness

I applaud Petula Dvorak’s call to action [“Ignoring mental illness won’t make it go away,” Metro, Jan. 21] on the urgent need to more openly and fully discuss mental health issues. However, her column’s emphasis on violence among people with mental illness should not give readers the impression that this is an inevitable consequence of mental illness. On the contrary, it’s rare.

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