We can do more to prevent gun-related mental health deaths. But probably not the deaths you’re thinking of.
You’re probably thinking of all those high-profile, media-driven mass shootings that apparently are becoming more and more common. You might even think the shooter’s mental health is a big component of identifying and preventing similar future shootings.
But the title of this headline isn’t referring to just those deaths. It’s referring to the estimated 300,000 people killed by gunshot wounds in the past decade that were due to mental illness.
And the reason so few people care about these deaths? Because the vast majority of them — more than 95 percent — are suicides.