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Media Coverage Of Mass Shootings May Heighten Stigma Of Mental Illness

posted Mar 23, 2013, 4:31 PM by Will Martin
HealthDay (3/22, Preidt) reports, "Media coverage of mass shootings by people with mental illnesses may heighten the stigma that already surrounds people struggling with mental disorders," according to the results of "an online survey of nearly 1,800 American adults" appearing in the April issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry, a publication of the American Psychiatric Association. The survey "also found that public support for policies to reduce gun violence rises after news coverage of mass shootings. Specifically, people who read a news story describing a mass shooting were more likely than those who did not read such an article to support gun restrictions for people with serious mental illness, and for a ban on large-capacity ammunition magazines," the survey found.