Mental Illness, Violence Risk, and Gun Policy Reforms: Evidence for New Approaches

Sunday, 16 February 2014
Regency C (Hyatt Regency Chicago)
Jeffrey Swanson , Duke University, Durham, NC
After the Sandy Hook tragedy, several states have enacted or proposed new firearms laws with broad implications for people with mental disorders and for mental health providers. Federal laws restricting gun access for mentally ill individuals may also be changed. This presentation will describe and compare public policy approaches to reducing risk of gun violence and suicide in people with mental disorders and will critically examine evidence for the likely effectiveness of these strategies.