In an opinion piece for care2, Katie Medlock discusses how “mental illness” awareness campaigns have shifted, dangerously, “and ended up insinuating that people with mental illness could turn on ‘us’ at any time and should be feared.” She writes: “This cognitive segregation also allows for dangerous negligence of other, often more potent, precursors for violence, such as socioeconomic issues, poor emotional regulation and interpersonal skills, lack of quality supports and substance abuse. To dismiss one person who commits a violent crime as ‘obviously crazy’ is to deny attention to the roots of what makes the U.S. the deadliest country in the world.”
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