Discussing Mental Illness, Gun Violence, and Access to Mental Health Care

Hello Lovely People,

As those of you who follow me on Twitter might be able to tell, the recent Florida shooting frustrated me to no end. It hurt to see how miseducated the masses on social media appeared to be, how so many were following their feelings (albeit, I understand, these things are scary) over facts in that conversation.

I decided to do more research and update the Mental Illness/Gun Violence episode by leading another discussion around the topics. And, honestly, a bit unexpectedly, the chat during the live stream was amazing and civil. Heated...but civil. We had many people talking at once with so many great points, and we also made time to include facts.

I'm proud to say we did well. We talked about another tough topic and perhaps, helped reduce stigma by sharing good information. Here's to Many More!

With Love and Light,


To watch a shorter version of this episode, please check out the video section of my Facebook page

References (in no particular order):

Suicide FAQ Sheet from NIMH (Please note this point: Being exposed to others’ suicidal behavior, such as a family member, peer, or media figure has been recently debunked)

APA Resources for Coping with Mass Shootings, Understanding Gun Violence
Updated: October 2, 2017

Rueve, M. E., & Welton, R. S. (2008). Violence and Mental Illness. Psychiatry ( Edgmont), 5(5), 34–48.

Swanson, Jeffrey W. et al.Mental illness and reduction of gun violence and suicide: bringing epidemiologic research to policy
Annals of Epidemiology , Volume 25 , Issue 5 , 366 - 376

Mass Shootings and Mental Illness 

The Myth Of Mental Illness And Gun Violence

Is There a Link Between Mental Health and Gun Violence?

Study of 81,000 adults examines mental illness, gun violence and suicide

The ban on mentally ill people buying guns wasn’t ever based on evidence

Mental illness and reduction of gun violence and suicide: bringing epidemiologic research to policy Swanson, Jeffrey W. et al. Annals of Epidemiology , Volume 25 , Issue 5 , 366 - 376

Hyde, P. S. (2016, Jan 10). My view: Pamela S. Hyde. The Santa Fe New MexicanRetrieved from http://library.ramapo.edu:2048/login?url=https://search-proquest-com.library2.ramapo.edu:2443/docview/1758154955?accountid=13420  

Wolf, C. R., & Rosen, J. A. (2015). MISSING THE MARK: GUN CONTROL IS NOT THE CURE FOR WHAT AILS THE U.S. MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM. Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology, 104(4), 851-878. Retrieved from http://library.ramapo.edu:2048/login?url=https://search-proquest-com.library2.ramapo.edu:2443/docview/1749277033?accountid=13420

Wilson, L. C., Ballman, A. D., & Buczek, T. J. (2016). News content about mass shootings and attitudes toward mental illness. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 93(3), 644-658. http://dx.doi.org.library2.ramapo.edu:2048/10.1177/1077699015610064

Swanson, J. W., Easter, M. M., Robertson, A. G., Swartz, M. S., Alanis-Hirsch, K., Moseley, D., . . . Petrila, J. (2016). Gun violence, mental illness, and laws that prohibit gun possession: Evidence from two florida counties. Health Affairs, 35(6), 1067-1075. http://dx.doi.org.library2.ramapo.edu:2048/10.1377/hlthaff.2016.0017

Rudolph, M. R. (2015). Balancing public safety with the rights of the mentally ill: The benefit of a behavioral approach in reducing gun violence in Tennessee. The University of Memphis Law Review, 45(3), 671-709. Retrieved from http://library.ramapo.edu:2048/login?url=https://search-proquest-com.library2.ramapo.edu:2443/docview/1705536871?accountid=13420