Many of us have questions around the risk of violence because we want to be safe. But the risk of violence stemming from mental illnesses or co-existing mental illnesses and substance use problems is low and involves factors that stem from our communities rather than a single individual.
Many people fear violence, particularly violence that seems random or unpredictable. We often deal with this fear by avoiding people or situations that we believe might lead to violence. We see mental illness, substance use and violence connected often—in the news, on TV shows, and in movies.