Sunday, January 29, 2023

Tag: mental illness and gun violence

Trump and Cuomo: Red Flags Are Red Herrings

Curtailing the rights of people with psychiatric histories is nothing more than a red herring, a ploy to maintain social control. We need to disarm the “re-institutionalization” movement by holding it accountable to the actual science of modern psychiatry and the history of institutions.

How I Know That Psychiatric Hospitals Don’t Cure Gun Violence

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In this piece for the Hartford Courant, Kathleen Flaherty describes why President Trump's assertion that more psychiatric hospitals would prevent mass shootings is inaccurate and...

The Mental Health System Can’t Stop Mass Shooters

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In this piece for The New York Times, psychiatrist Amy Barnhorst explains why it is not feasible for mental health professionals to identify or treat people...

Checking Facts About Gun Violence and Mental Illness

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From The New York Times: The recent Florida school shooting has led to widespread conversations about links between gun violence and mental health issues. Journalists...

Talking About Mental Health After Mass Shootings is a Cop-Out

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From The Washington Post: Blaming mass shootings on "mental illness" is a distortion of the facts and a convenient way to dodge a necessary conversation on...

“Under Gun Rules, F.B.I. Will Receive Health Data”

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“We are concerned about the implications of this rule,” said Jennifer Mathis, a lawyer at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, an advocacy group for patients. “It points a finger inappropriately at people with mental illness as a source of gun violence. It’s a bad precedent to start creating exceptions to the privacy law for people with mental illness, who are responsible for about 4 percent of incidents of gun violence.”