Symposium on Mental Health Awareness: the connection between mental illness and gun violence

October 14, 2017 @ 9:15 am – 3:00 pm
Unitarian Society of New Haven
700 Hartford Turnpike
Hamden, CT 06517
Graziela Reis
(203) 824-2278

2nd Annual Symposium on Mental Health Awareness

Undoing False and Destructive Myths: The Connection between Mental Illness and Gun Violence

Many Americans believe there is a strong connection between mental illness and gun violence. This symposium seeks to dispel that myth and explore ways to address the reality that people with mental illness are far more likely to be victims than perpetrators.

Three expert panels will address the following questions:

  • Are people with mental illness at increased risk for violence?
  • Is it true that people with mental illness are at greater risk for suicide than homicide?
  • How do bullying, stigma and shame contribute to gun violence?
  • Can legislation and public health education and reduce gun violence?

Panelists include:

Trish Buchanan, Mental Health Advocate
Dr. Larry Davidson, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Yale School of Medicine
Paul Hammer, President, Bicycle Education, Entrepreneurship & Enrichment Programs, Person in Recovery
Nicole Hockley, Managing Director, Sandy Hook Promise
Scott Jackson, Commissioner, Department of Labor; former Chair, Sandy Hook Commission
Ann and Allie Nelson, Ann Nelson Advocacy, Yale Child Study Center
Annita Perez Sawyer, PhD, Psychologist and Author
Jonathan Perloe, Director, Programs and Communications, CT Against Gun Violence
Robert Rudewicz, Talk Saves Lives-Firearms and Suicide Prevention and former Hartford Police Officer