Four out of ten convicted for fatal violence visited psychiatric care

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Four out of ten people convicted for fatal violence had contact with psychiatric care in the 12 months up to the crime. That's according to a study from BRÅ (the National Council for Crime Prevention).

This may seem as a large amount. But you can also turn it around and say that the majority haven't been in touch with psychiatric care. And one of the most important conclusions in our report is that even if psychiatric illness is more common among those convicted of a crime, most people with mental illnesses would never come close to committing such serious crimes,"

BRÅ has studied the prevalence of mental illness among all criminals convicted of deadly violence in Sweden during the period 2006 to 2017. It concerns 800 offenders, 92 percent of them are men.

The study, presented today, shows that 4 out of 10 had at least one contact with psychiatric care in the year leading up to the crime.

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