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Information on people with mental health problems

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Myth: People with mental health problems are violent and unpredictable.

Fact: The vast majority of people with mental health problems are no more likely to be violent than anyone else. Most people with mental illness are not violent and only 3%-5% of violent acts can be attributed to individuals living with a serious mental illness. In fact, people with severe mental illnesses are over 10 times more likely to be victims of violent crime than the general population. You probably know someone with a mental health problem and don't even realize it, because many people with mental health problems are highly active and productive members of our communities.

Actually 1 in 5 people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. 

Mental Health America has some wonderful resources available in their Mental Health Month toolkit should you be interested in more facts about mental health conditions.

Journalists and the news media play a critical role in insuring that factual information is shared with our community.  Additionally, information of this nature can be incredibly effective in ending myths around mental health, can help people connect to treatment and save lives of persons contemplating suicide. can serve to eliminate that stigma.  We are glad to partner with you in eliminating stigma around mental health conditions, violence, and seeking help. 

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 1-800-273 TALK.

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