Mental Illness and Violence

Jekkone via flickr
May 3, 2011

Many people tend to link mental illness and violence, especially in the wake of a tragedy like Columbine or the shootings in Arizona earlier this year. However, research has shown that the vast majority of those are violent do not suffer from a mental illness, and having a mental illness doesn't mean a person will become violent. The stigma associated with mental illness largely comes from the association between mental illness and violence, according to the 1999 report"Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General." In addition, people with psychiatric disabilities are 12 times more likely to be victims of violent crime.

Guests: 
Greg Eells, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Cornell University
Glenn Liebman, CEO of the Mental Health Association in New York State