Brendan Rich , associate professor, psychology, was interviewed for an Arlington Catholic Herald story on teenagers and mental illness. See below.
From: Arlington Catholic Herald Date: April 28, 2015 Author: Katie Scott
The stigma is intensified by the way media often link violent behavior and mental illness.
"People with mental illness have the same level of aggression and antisocial behavior as the general population, but unfortunately we talk about mental illness usually only after an antisocial, aggressive act," Rich said, citing the recent tragedy of the Germanwings co-pilot who was treated for depression and last month crashed a plane killing 150 people.
According to HHS, only 3 to 5 percent of violent acts can be attributed to mentally ill individuals.
To decrease stigma, Rich and Bennett encourage parents to realize that mental illness, like physical illness, is not a choice and to be cognizant of the language they use and attitudes they convey when discussing it.
Read more about Rich's expertise .