Buckley said that popular media—movies and television—more typically focus on the risk of violence committed by mentally ill individuals. But psychiatrists need to send the message that the greater risk is the other way around: that patients are more likely to be victims.
"It's a difficult message to send to the media,” Buckley said. “We need to be clear, and we cannot say there is not a high rate of violence among people with schizophrenia, but it is limited to a subgroup of people with active illness. This speaks to the importance of early access to care.”
Buckley spoke with Psychiatric News about his presentation. Watch the video.