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Mental Illness and Violent Death:  Major Issues for Public Health

Thomas B. Cole, MD, MPH; Richard M. Glass, MD
JAMA. 2005;294(5):623-624. doi:10.1001/jama.294.5.623.
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Suicide and homicide are the fourth and fifth leading causes of death for persons aged 10 to 60 years in the United States.1 Suicide completion and homicide perpetration are associated with previous attempts at self-harm2 or violence toward others,3 and both of these predominant causes of violent death are associated with mental illness.

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