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Improving mental wellness

January 24, 2011

We have all been shocked and horrified by the recent shooting in Tucson, Ariz. A congresswoman was put into critical care along with several of her fellow citizens, while families mourn the loss of six of their relatives. Emerging reports about the accused perpetrator of these crimes describe a person with a troubled past and confused thinking. Some commentators have suggested that the accused had an untreated mental illness and wondered what could be done to prevent such awful violence. We feel it is important to clarify some facts about mental illnesses and the people who live with them.

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