I condemn in the strongest words possible the stigmatization of the mentally ill in the wake of mass shootings. Included below is a well sourced discussion thread that I had with Dr. Megan Ranney, leader of @AFFIRM, for #gunviolence prevention.
The media and legislators must stop pointing blame at the mentally ill with a broad brush in the wake of shootings. It is so stigmatizing. Doesn't appropriately target the small subset of VIOLENT individuals and worsens the ability of people with mental illness to get care.
The ACP cautions against broadly including those with mental illness in a category of dangerous individuals, but recommends every effort be made to reduce the risk of suicide and violence, through prevention and treatment, by the subset of Violent patients
Megan Ranney MD MPH @meganranney
"the College recommends that every effort be made to reduce the risk of #suicide and #violence, through prevention and treatment, by the **subset** of individuals with #mentalillness who are at risk...." annals.org/aim/fullarticl…@AnnalsofIM
While mental health care can be used to treat individuals who are VIOLENT with a condition that may pose a risk of violence to themselves or others. Millions of individuals have mental illness that range from anxiety to eating disorder. Targeting the "mentally ill" is incorrect.
Megan Ranney MD MPH @meganranney
And although #mentalhealth treatment is critically important -- most people with mental illness will not commit violence. (In fact, they are MORE LIKELY to be VICTIMS.) ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24861430
Megan Ranney MD MPH @meganranney

Moreover, talking about #gunviolence reduction *purely* in terms of "mental illness" increases stigma, and decreases treatment seeking. For example: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23511486
Megan Ranney MD MPH @meganranney
Yes, we need better #mentalhealth services. No, we shouldn't let people fall through the cracks. BUT: To reduce #gunviolence, we as a society need to be careful to NOT stigmatize, to NOT drive patients away from needed services.
This was a great discussion with Dr. Megan Ranney that deserved to be preserved as a thread which I will retweet cohesively with @threadreaderapp. Please take time to read the articles. I hope our psychiatry physician experts and friends will take a moment to educate/weigh in.
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