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Ireland'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence

19:00  22 august  2019
19:00  22 august  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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Experts on mental illness and gun violence often contradict the president. Jeffrey Swanson, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University, told ABC News that the president' s remarks are an attempt to avoid talking about guns and instead take advantage of a belief held by

Aside from the fact that Trump ’ s comment dehumanizes people with mental illness — we are, after all, already among those on the streets, your office Being diagnosed with a mental illness is not a reliable factor in predicting violence . We know this. Interestingly enough though, things like a past

'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence Donald Trump referred to a ‘mental illness problem’ in the United States (AP) IRISH psychologists have challenged Donald Trump’s claim identifying “mental illness” as the sole factor in gun violence.

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" Mental illness is something nobody wants to talk about," Trump said, responding to a question about gun control. "These people are mentally ill, and nobody Trump would later double down on those remarks at the New Hampshire rally, saying the U. S . will need to "build new facilities for those in need."

On Tuesday during remarks with the President of Romania, Trump reiterated his belief that mental illness is a significant cause of gun violence , lamenting Facts First: There is no evidence that backs up the President' s claim that 92% of mental institutions have closed. He appears to be conflating a

Contrary to the US President’s recent remarks linking gun violence with mental illness, the association between mental illness and violence is weak, the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) said today.

When asked by a reporter what executive actions he might be prepared to take on guns and gun control, President Trump responded by identifying “mental illness” as effectively the sole factor in gun violence.

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'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence
'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence

President Trump went on to suggest that the closure of mental institutions in the 1960s and 1970s was also an issue that needed to be revisited.

“He stated that [the US] ‘needs to start building institutions again that these people went out on to the streets and 'that was a terrible thing',” said the statement.

The PSI said feels it is incumbent on the society, and other bodies representing those with expertise on mental health and illness, to address these points.

It said that taken in isolation, it is not at all predictive of violent behaviour.

“Indeed, those with mental illness are more likely to be victims of violent crime than perpetrators of it. In a context of alleged fake news being disseminated, it is important to iterate some facts.

'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence © Catalyst Images U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters as he departs for travel to the AMVETS convention in Kentucky from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S. August 21, 2019. REUTERS/Tasos Katopodis

“The United States has 5pc of the world’s population but 30pc of the world’s mass shootings. Compared to 22 other high-income nations, the gun-related murder rate in the US is 25 times higher.”

It said that mass shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 per cent of all yearly gun-related homicides in the US.

Furthermore, many countries experience comparable rates of mental health problems and psychiatric diagnoses, without the level of gun violence that currently plagues American society.

In July 2019, after the 245th mass shooting in its country since the beginning of the year, the US Secret Service released a report on mass public attacks, finding that “no single profile” can be used “to predict who will engage in targeted violence” adding that “mental illness, alone, is not a risk factor.” Various research studies, using the scientific paradigm, have tried to determine what factors predict violent behaviour.

'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence © Catalyst Images President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before departing on Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Washington. Trump is headed to Kentucky. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

While a mental diagnosis is relevant, often it is factors relating to family and social history, social support profile, early experiences of trauma and/or violence, recent stressors, substance abuse patterns, the precise nature of the symptoms, a past history of violence, and indeed access to means, that inform this risk assessment.

This last factor is particularly important, as data from 171 countries suggests that the global distribution of public mass shooters is somewhat attributable to differences between countries in relation to firearms availability, it said.

'Dehumanising remarks' - Irish psychologists challenge Trump's claim that mental illness sole factor in gun violence © Catalyst Images President Donald Trump waves after signing a presidential memorandum that discharges the federal student loan debt of totally and permanently disabled veterans following his speech at the American Veterans (AMVETS) 75th National Convention in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

PSI President Ian O’Grady states: “Whilst I welcome the US President publicly discussing the important topic of ‘mental illness’, I very much regret that he misrepresented, so badly, the issue of gun violence in US society. In deflecting from the evidence-based causes of American gun violence, President Trump appears to have scapegoated an entire vulnerable section of society, many of whom our Society’s members work with on a day-to-day basis.

“He has stigmatised all of those living with a mental health diagnosis, made dehumanising remarks, and called for a return to redundant and antiquated practices that are anathema to the recovery-led models of care we have today, in the treatment of those with mental disorders.”

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