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1. Mental Illness and Crime Are Largely Unrelated

One of the largest misconceptions that contributes to the stigma surrounding mental illness is the idea that people with mental illness are behind most of the country’s crimes.

But a new study from the American Psychological Association indicates that most people with mental illness who commit crimes don’t do so as a result of their symptoms.

Researchers analyzed 429 crimes committed by people with 3 types of mental illness. Only 3% of the crimes were related to symptoms of major depression, 4% to symptoms of schizophrenia and 10% to symptoms of bipolar disorder. More common causes were homelessness, substance abuse, poverty and unemployment. 

Check out this video to become better educated about the stigma of mental illness.

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