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After Arizona - Headline news featuring the Treatment Advocacy Center

CBS Evening News: Role of Mental Illness in Tucson Shooting Unclear - with Dr. E. Fuller Torrey  

CNN: Was Tucson Gunman Mentally Ill? - with Dr. E. Fuller Torrey 

CNN: Living With Schizophrenia - with Dr. Fred Frese 

CNN: Examining Mental Illness in America - with Dr. E. Fuller Torrey 

PBS NewsHour: In Loughner Case, Missed Signals and a Troubled Mental Past – panel discussion with policy director Brian Stettin 

National Review: A Lesson from Loughner - editorial

New York Daily News: Arizona Massacre’s Real Lesson – by policy director Brian Stettin

New York Times: Red Flags at a College, but Tied Hands - news quoting Dr. E. Fuller Torrey

New York Times: The Politicized Mind – columnist David Brooks quoting Dr. E. Fuller Torrey

Reuters: Before Tucson Rampage, a Powerful Law Went Unused - news quoting board member Jon Stanley

Time magazine: If You Think Someone is Mentally Ill: Loughner's Six Warning Signs - analysis quoting the Treatment Advocacy Center

USA Today: Time to Mandate Reporting of Mental Health Concerns - co-authored by board member Dr. Jeffrey Geller

USA Today: Arizona Aftermath - editorial with comments by deputy executive director Rosanna Esposito 

Wall Street Journal: A Predictable Tragedy in Arizona – op-ed by Dr. E. Fuller Torrey

Wall Street Journal: Loughner's Sickness - editorial with reference to Dr. E. Fuller Torrey Tucson Shooting: The Mental State of Jared Lee Loughner - live chat with legislative counsel Kristina Ragosta

Washington Post: Others Could Have Sought Evaluation for Arizona Suspect - news quoting policy director Brian Stettin

San Diego Union Tribune: How San Diego County Can Respond to Tragedy in Tucson - op-ed by board member Carla Jacobs

The Current on CBC Radio: Dangerously Mentally Ill - with Dr. E. Fuller Torrey

Madeleine Brand on Southern California Public Radio: Shooter's Rampage, Parent's Nightmare – with parent Nick Wilcox

It is impossible to know whether with treatment and intervention would have prevented the January 8 shootings in Arizona in which a young man likely to have severe mental illness allegedly shot 20 people, killing six. What we know for sure:  

TREATMENT WORKS. Individuals with severe mental illnesses can and should be treated - just as we treat individuals suffering from other medical issues.

VIOLENCE IS LINKED TO UNTREATED SEVERE MENTAL ILLNESS. Individuals with severe mental illnesses are no more violent than the general population – so long as they are being treated. (See Our Blog for what NIMH Director Thomas Insel says on this subject.)

STATES LAWS NEED TO PERMIT INTERVENTION BEFORE DANGEROUSNESS.  Existing treatment laws based on “grave disability” or the “need for treatment” exist in 42 states and are  too often overlooked, ignored or underused. As long as that's the case, the consequences of non-treatment will be chronic and preventable tragedies will continue to occur.

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