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Kenneth Cole Billboard Fuels Harmful Stigma

Last week, fashion designer Kenneth Cole posted a billboard linking gun violence with mental illness.“Mr. Cole’s statement on gun reform creates a misleading impression that people who suffer from mental illness are violent,” APA President Renée Binder, M.D., wrote in her blog today about the billboard. “This is a disappointing misrepresentation of the facts and only serves to further stigmatize those suffering from mental illness.”In reality, the vast majority of mentally ill people are not violent, and most violent acts are committed by people who are not mentally ill, pointed...

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Published By: Psychiatric News - Thursday, 3 September, 2015

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