Stop associating violent crime to mental health problems.

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Committing violent crime is absolutely not synonymous with mental health problems.

It is extremely problematic and stigmatizing to constantly shout out mental illness as soon as a murder, an attack or any crime is committed. The entire society, the politicians and the media do almost all the time the link between health conditions and reprehensible actions. Mental health diagnoses and conditions always end up being blamed and related to violence. And that is done systematically in all contexts, without even a majority sees something serious.

Why do people automatically blame mental illness for violence?

Because we live in a psycho-phobic system that maintains highly devaluing and negative ideas about people with mental health issues. They automatically become perceived as dangerous, bizarre, unpredictable, excessive, violent, manipulative and inferior.

This is terribly serious. People with mental health problems experience injustices, hardships and inequalities on a daily basis. They receive the heavy weight…

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