National Dialogue on Mental Health Must Integrate Public Health

November 7, 2014 4:02 PM

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In his recent blog on HuffPost, Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, wrote about racial stereotyping in media accounts of violence. He wrote, "very little of the subsequent national conversation mentioned the issue of mental health. Instead, we got the standard character assassination that is so common when African Americans are involved as perpetrators."

To move beyond racial stereotyping the national conversation on mental health must heal the schism between mental health and public health. Unifying the voices of professionals and scientists addressing mental health will help the public and policy makers maintain the focus we need to address these ...

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