There is an unfounded belief that people who suffer from mental health problems are inherently dangerous; that they are monsters who need to be locked up for everyone’s safety. But as you may have guessed from this introduction, that belief is nonsense. The majority of people who suffer from mental illness are in no way violent. In fact, many people suffering from severe mental health problems are actually more susceptible to becoming victims of violent crime themselves. This guide highlights some statistics relating to crime committed by those who are mentally unwell, and the startling statistics relating to the way they are victimised. It also touches on the prison system and its relationship to mental health problems.

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