How to Stop Violence

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From Slate: While many people are quick to blame those diagnosed with mental illness for mass shootings, the reality is that violence results from anger. Children, adolescents, and adults need to learn better anger management skills including mindfulness, communication and listening skills, and relaxation techniques in order to prevent violence.

“Uncontrolled anger has become our No. 1 mental health issue. Though we have the understanding and the skills to treat the anger epidemic in this country, as a culture, we have been unwilling to accept the violence problem as one that belongs to each and every one of us. We have sought scapegoats in minority cultures, racial groups, and now the mentally ill. When we are ready to accept that the demon is within us all, we can begin to treat the cycle of anger and suffering.”

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