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"Crime and mental health are linked."

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Started: 9/20/2017 Category: Society
Updated: 10 months ago Status: Debating Period
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The Australian Institute of Criminology claims that crime and mental health have long been intertwined. Mental disorders in prison populations are up to four times higher than those in the general population. Researchers from the guardian found that 3.7% of men and 0.5% of women committed a violent crime after being identified as clinically depressed. This compared with 1.2% of men and 0.2% of women in the general population. An example of a criminal that suffer from from this case is Martin Bryant, In 1996 he committed a crime that could not be undone where 35 people were killed and 23 were wounded the reason why he has come to a conclusion to do this is because he suffers from the mental illness known as schizophrenia. In saying many mental health issues, such as Schizophrenia in particular, can lead to violent crime. Schizophrenia is a severe mental illness that affects how a person feels, thinks and acts. People with schizophrenia tend to imagine scenarios that are not ideal and hallucinate about events that may be dangerous or violent. 31% of people who have a mental illness commit at least one crime. This can lead to schizophrenic people committing a violent crime, even if they are not aware that they are doing it.


I truly believe that the relationship between mental health and crime, do not commonly connect in any way. Despite all the facts we've been provided, with this current generation, media has unfortunately often come to represent this relationship in a negative perspective. Leading to the common misconception that people who're committing certain offences all possess some form of mentally illness. This is, of course, far from the case. However, I cannot deny that some individuals with mental health problems do commit serious crime, but there is no serious doubt about that."Far more people who suffer with these conditions, actually don"t conduct any violence to the people of society. The misunderstandings that surround"this link are frequently exaggerated in news stories. Articles about violence often focus on the person's current mental health, and according to a report, only about 4% of interpersonal violence in the US can be associated to mental illness. Nevertheless, studies can conclude that an estimate of 40% of the news stories about mental illness, are compared about the two, despite the reality. With following the Human Department of Health and Human Services, people with severe mental illnesses are 10 times more likely to be victims of violent crimes than people who make up the general population.
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Posted by canis 10 months ago
Health is a relative. Crime is a relative..
It is a crime to kill people. it is healty if they try to kill you.
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