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The Pentagon Tragedy: Mental Illness, Violence and What Reporters Should Ask
Date:3/6/2010

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"News reports indicate that Patrick Bedell struggled for some time with a severe mental illness," said NAMI executive director Michael J. Fitzpatrick.

"NAMI's members include individuals and families affected by mental illness. We know first-hand the difficulties in getting people help when they need it. The Bedell family's statement following the death of their son could have been made by any American family:

To us, he was a beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew and cousin. We may never know why he made this terrible decision. One thing is clear though: his actions were caused by an illness and not a defective character.

NAMI calls on news media to look carefully and in depth at the facts of the tragedy. Look beyond
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