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“It’s not about mental illness: The big lie that always follows mass shootings by white males”

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This June 18, 2015 article on the SALON website, talks about the many ways that those with mental health issues are losing more and more rights because non-mentally ill people assume myths are facts.  Those who have followed my blog for some time probably have realized I generally don’t do many posts about anything having to do with crimes that the media has decided were the result of mental illness, but this article really hit home as it described how those with mental illnesses are scapegoats and are in many ways being thrown under the bus  as opposed to being treated with the same dignity or respect that non-mentally ill people enjoy.  I have felt for some time that when it comes to a court of law, involving any kind of violent act, that the court should focus on whether the evidence says the accused could have committed the crime or not, and that mental health issues need to be an after thought with evaluations used to help decide what services the person needs whether they are incarcerated or not.  I have never seen media make diabetes the focus of a court case I also have never seen the media make cancer a focus of the court case when a violent act was committed.  So since I have been told for many years that “just like a diabetic has to take insulin for the rest of their life, I will have to take medication for my mental illness for the rest of my life” doesn’t it seem fair to say that ‘just like a person with a mental illness stands trial based on their illness, then so should the person with diabetes stand trial based on their diabetes’.  As for those of you thinking that it makes no sense to try someone who committed a violent crime based on their diagnosis of diabetes, why would you assume it’s OK to do just that when it is a person diagnosed with a mental illness?  both are illnesses and both need treatment, but only those with diabetes are allowed to be treated as a person and not an illness by society.

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“Patients With Mental Illness More Likely To Be Victims of Homicide”

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This June 18, 2014 Medical Research and News article talks about ongoing studies that are finding that people with mental illnesses are more likely to be killed than to be the person who kills someone else.

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“Mental Illness Not a Driving Force Behind Crime: Study”

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This April 22, 2014 Health Day article on the Philly.com website offers some interesting statistics based on research done in Minnesota where they looked at 143 inmates with a couple different types of mental illness and found that the crimes they committed rarely had anything to do with their mental illness.  The article seems to imply that substance abuse could be a more likely culprit for their actions.

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Location of state of XY (see filename) in the United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“Healing for victims of violence”

 

“We Shall Overcome” (Montgomery, Alabama) (Apr...

“We Shall Overcome” (Montgomery, Alabama) (April 1, 1965) (Photo credit: Penn State Special Collections Library)

 

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This August 12, 2012 on the Philly.com website, talks about ways to perpetuate healing in people who have survived a violent crime.  The opinion piece points out that healing needs to be viewed as not just a physical issue, but also an emotional issue, and can start at the point where the person is in the Emergency Room.  Pills help with some things, but not everything, where helping to plant a seed of hope can go a long ways to help in many areas.

 

 

 

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