Research by California’s Stanford University on Sweden’s entire adult population from the years 2001 to 2008 finds that a mental disorder was associated with a 5x greater risk of homicidal death, relative to persons without mental disorders, and irrespective of age, sex, or other characteristics. The research was published this week in the
British Medical Journal.
Of further interest:
Risk of people with mental illnesses dying by homicide (British Medical Journal)
Study: People With Mental Illness Are Five Times More Likely to Be Murdered (The Atlantic)
Mentally Ill Murder Risk is Five Times Higher than General Population (Medical Daily)
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at