Deadly stigma? Does the stigma of mental illness kill people?

People with a mental illness die on average about 10-15 years earlier than people without one. The evidence is probably strongest, as it often is, for schizophrenia – because that condition tends to get the most research funding. Ten years ago, Hennekens and colleagues showed that people with schizophrenia had … Continue reading

Mental illness and violence – more sinned against than sinners

The tragic deaths of all 150 people on board the Germanwings flight that the 27 year old co-pilot apparently flew into the Alps last Tuesday (17.03.2015) has brought the relationship between mental illness and violence to the fore again. The association has long exercised the public imagination, intermittently reinforced by … Continue reading