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New Study Identifies Factors Linking Violence and Mental Illness

New research has identified a host of factors associated with the risk of adults with mental illness becoming victims of violence, as well as perpetrators of violence. “This work builds on an earlier study that found almost one-third of adults … Continue reading

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How to offer real support to someone with a mental illness

The unfortunate reality is that many who suffer from a mental illness like schizophrenia, enter into isolation and have difficulty maintaining a functional life. Imagine your reality was terrifying – hearing derogatory voices or believing that the world is conspiring … Continue reading

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A Thin Drawn Line: The Gender Gap in Mental Health

Mental illness is not perceived as an actual “illness”, and because of the stigma attached to it, families try to manage it at home. A 2008 ethnographic study in Sierra Leone found that families might take patients to traditional healers … Continue reading

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Can Churches Separate Mental Illness and Shame?

“If you don’t fight stigma in your own family, the rest of society and the church aren’t going to fight stigma either,” said Amy Simpson, author of Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission. The message she heard from … Continue reading

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Common Misconceptions About Mental Illness

Here are the five things everybody gets wrong about mental illness. Common Misconceptions About Mental Illness Here are the five things everybody gets wrong about mental illness. 1. Mental health problems last forever. 2. Mental illnesses aren’t real — they’re … Continue reading

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Stop connecting mental illness with violence

It certainly seems right given how often mental illness is offered as an explanation for violent behaviour. Just this week, for example, we heard that the recent attack on a Canadian Forces recruiting centre might have been the result, not … Continue reading

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Myth vs. Fact: Sorting out mental illness, violence relationship

It is true that a higher percentage of those with serious mental illness are likely to engage in violent behavior than those in the general population. This fact speaks more to the reality that we have unsatisfactory resources to treat … Continue reading

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Dear Bernie: Our Mental Health Isn’t a Punch Line for Your Jokes

There is a huge stigma around mental illness and it directly affects whether people seek treatment. Whites are the most likely to get treatment for mental illness, with Blacks and Latinos getting help at half the rate of Whites. According … Continue reading

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How Obama’s Gun Law Executive Action Hurts People With Mental Illness

This week, President Obama announced a sweeping series of executive actions to address the urgent need for gun reform in the United States, attempting to circumvent Congress since it refuses to act despite pleas from the White House. The fourfold … Continue reading

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Blaming Gun Violence on the Mentally Ill Is Easy, but Ignorant

A meme that circulated recently on social media suggested that the days of going to our comedians for levity and our politicians for public policy are over. According to the post, we now get our belly laughs from Donald Trump … Continue reading

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