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Examining mental health policies in the wake of school shooting tragedy

The day following the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman called for "a national commission on violence." In a segment on KQED's Forum yesterday, John Greene, MD, an adjunct clinical instructor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford, joined the discussion about mental illness, public policy and the psychology of mass murderers.

During the show, KQED host Michael Krasny asks Greene about what we can learn from the mental health of gunmen involved in previous mass shootings in America. Greene says:

There are so many different flavors of mental illness, so many different diagnoses and so many different severities of any one [specific] diagnosis that any individual can be different ... The bottom line is there are all these different nuances of mental illness. And, globally there is a problem with addressing [these disorders], a problem with resources, and a problem with society in sweeping it under the rug.

Full audio of their conversation is available on KQED’s site.

Previously: Talking to children about school shootings

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