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Exploring the Link Between Mental Illness
and Gun Violence

Gun violence remains a very controversial event in the United States. These events include instances where people may use a weapon to take their own lives. As the numbers rise, so do the questions and controversies surrounding local and state regulations of each state.

An unfortunate side effect of the rising number of gun violence is the stigmatization of people who have a mental illness. People who have been outcasts or bullied in society may resort to lashing out in violence to cope.

However, according to the “Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology,”—People with mental illness are likelier to be victims than perpetrators. Nevertheless, the myth that mental illness leads to gun violence still persists today despite the numerous amounts of studies surrounding this topic.

However, that doesn’t mean there are zero links. In fact, if you include suicidal individuals who may resort to using weapons to end their lives, then a link is very much there.

Nevertheless, it’s important to emphasize that being suicidal doesn’t automatically mean you’re mentally ill. In fact, people who are suicidal may be led to that path because of situational factors and the feelings of hopelessness that surround them.

Another unfortunate side effect of the stigma surrounding mental illness is that people with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and depression are most likely to commit violence. In reality, very few people with these conditions commit such acts. In contrast, most people with these conditions are most likely to be the victims of such violence.

That is not to say that mental health shouldn’t be overlooked. In fact, everyone can benefit from visiting an expert regardless of whether they have a mental illness or not. However, the problem is that people still don’t understand how anyone can benefit from these services.

One solution we can consider is to destigmatize the notion that only mentally ill people should visit a therapist. When we normalize taking care of our mental and physical health, we develop a deep understanding that comprehension makes us better citizens.

While it may take time to destigmatize mental illness, there is still hope. Fortunately, the United States is slowly accepting that mental health should be prioritized.

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