Myths and Realities

Mental Health & Violence – myths and realities

It’s often difficult to get accurate information about mental health and violence.
This section looks at three of the more common recent claims made about mental health and violence and examines the evidence for them.

It finds that whilst all of these claims are questionable, some are completely untrue.

  1. The claim that you’re more likely to be struck by lightning than killed by a person with mental illness
  2. The claim that People with severe mental illness are more likely to be victims rather than perpetrators of serious violence
  3. The claim that Talking about violence adds to the stigma of mental illness

32 international scientific studies – compelling evidence documenting the proven association between severe mental illness and violence.

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