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Tuesday, December 6 • 9:40am - 10:00am
Mental Health and Gun Violence

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Many individuals that have a diagnosed mental illness are not violent by nature. Even those that haven’t been diagnosed have very few lapses in which they are aggressive. Those who commit unspeakable acts of violence are on the forefront of mental illness and how mental illness connects to guns is a problem with no solution. Many feel that the solution is gun control. The ideal situation would be, someone with mental illness, is prevented to acquire a hand gun or semi-automatic rifle and psychiatric diagnosis predict gun violence. However, there are cases where the lack of gun control has prevented a mass shooting and psychiatric diagnosis can prevent suitable people to lawfully purchase and carry a handgun. Support for mental healthcare has inadequately funded and developed health practices, allowing some people are misdiagnosed or “band aid” the problem with medication. Misdiagnosis and inadequate treatment can have adverse side effects and the outcome can be violent events that we hear about in the news. Developing a solution for violence will require funding for mental health programs so individuals can address their issues without feeling the stigma or embarrassment of seeking help for mental health is essential.


Tuesday December 6, 2016 9:40am - 10:00am
034 Karpen Hall