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Mental Illness May Raise Risk of Being Murdered
Date:3/6/2013

ment for substance abuse may also lower the risk of violent crime for people with mental illness, they suggested.

The findings show that doctors need to assess the full range of potential harm faced by people with mental illness, Roger Webb and colleagues at the University of Manchester, in England, wrote in an accompanying editorial.

This would include being a victim or perpetrator of violence, abuse and bullying; suicidal behavior; accidental drug overdoses; and other dangers associated with intoxication or impulsivity. Patients and their families should receive advice about how to avoid these threats.

Although the study found an association between having a mental illness and higher risk of being a murder victim, it did not establish a cause-and-effect relationship.

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness has more about mental illness.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: BMJ, news release, March 5, 2013


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