As a society we are reacting to mass shootings so often that we need to consciously create space to reflect on the phenomenon. Reactive rhetoric often doesn’t account for the experience of the humans involved.
People with mental health conditions are far more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators of violence. How do we keep our kids and communities safe without adding to stigma? Can psychiatry help prevent mass violence? How does suicidal thinking lead to mass violence? What are the limitations of the profession in addressing these issues?
The issue of mass shootings is an urgent public health crisis with complex and unique factors, and it demands a thorough—perhaps uncomfortable—conversation that considers the experience of society, treatment providers, perpetrators, victims, survivors, family members, and everyone else affected by the acts. Hear from the mother of one of the Columbine shooters, a forensic psychiatrist who conducted 23 hours of interviews with the Aurora theater shooter, a disaster psychiatry specialist who worked with family members of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, and an FBI consulting forensic expert on mass shootings.
Sue Klebold; William H Reid, MD, MPH; Anthony Ng, MD; James L. Knoll, IV, MD
Psychiatrists have been discussing their role in mitigating adverse mental health effects stemming from climate change. But what are the main concerns for our patients and how can psychiatrists help? Join our panel to discuss clinical examples, current research and where we still need to go, the role psychiatrists should play in advocacy and preparedness, and the ways psychiatrists can best educate their patients and the public about the effects of climate change on mental health. Share your thoughts on whether psychiatry as a profession should include climate change as an issue in our purview.
Elizabeth Haase, MD; Robin Cooper, MD; Lise Van Susteren, MD; Felix Torres, MD, MBA, FAPA