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School Shootings Strengthen Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness.

posted Mar 20, 2013, 3:04 AM by Will Martin
The Louisville (KY) Courier-Journal (3/17, Ungar) reported, "A stigma continues to surround mental illness, and some advocates say it's been strengthened in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings, which caused many to connect mental illness to violence." The Courier-Journal added, "In reality, studies show that the mentally ill commit only a small portion of violent acts. A 2006 study in the American Journal of Psychiatry, for example, concluded that patients with severe mental illness, as identified by hospital admissions, committed about five percent of all violent crimes."