Paul Burstow MP wrote: “Truth is people with mental health problems more likely to be victims of crime NOT perpetrators of crime."The Sun’s managing editor Stephen Abell defended the paper’s coverage of the figures, tweeting: "But read full copy: call for better communication between agencies; piece by m-health charity; story on ill as victims?
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Whatever the agenda this coverage harmful.”Alistair Campbell tweeted: “Constant media linkage of violence and mental illness leads to violence against the mentally ill rather than by them.
#stigma #timetochange.”The Sun was also criticised for not giving enough space to figures that showed those suffering from mental illness are up to ten times more likely to be the victim of a crime than the average person.
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