People with psychiatric disabilities are far more likely to be victims than perpetrators of violent crime.
Ninety percent of persons receiving services in public mental health systems have been exposed to trauma.
“We urge everyone to think compassionately about how to better engage people who are isolated, severely distressed, fearful and/or confused,”, states the National Coalition Of People With Psychiatric Histories. [link]
Reacting with judgment and labeling perpetuates misinformation. Fueled by the media, the public perception that people who are mentally ill are typically violent is unfounded.