APA Slams Fashion Designer For Billboard Incorrectly Linking Mental Illness With Gun Violence

CNN Money (9/3) reports that yesterday, the American Psychiatric Association “slammed…fashion designer” Kenneth Cole “for a billboard that read: ‘Over 40M Americans suffer from mental illness. Some can access care…All can access guns.’” Renee Binder, MD, president of the APA, “said the billboard message is detrimental because it incorrectly links mental illness with gun violence and the need for gun control.” Dr. Binder stated that the billboard, which appears on Manhattan’s West Side Highway, “provides the gross misimpression that people with mental illness are violent.” Dr. Binder added, “The vast majority of people with mental illness are not violent and most acts of violence are not committed by people with mental illness.”

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— “Kenneth Cole slammed by psychiatric group for gun reform billboard,” Ahiza Garcia, CBB Money, September 3, 2015.

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