Texas Senate Select Committee on Mass Violence Prevention and Community Safety
SUMMARY – During the 86th Legislative Interim, in December 2019, the Senate Select Committee on Mass Violence Prevention and Community Safety met to hear testimony. President and CEO Andy Keller, PhD, was invited testimony.
Dr. Keller began his presentation with an overview of mental illness – what it is and is not, by definition. Questions and data surrounding mass murder and violence were also discussed with the following reinforced
- Most mental health conditions are associated with a comparable or lower risk of violence.
- Severe mental illness drives slightly more risk. (3 in 100 versus between 1 and 2 in 100)
- Mood disorders, such as major depression, are the primary drivers of violence directed at the self, with suicide rates now at historical highs.
- People with anxiety disorders are no more likely to harm themselves than the general population and also no more likely to harm others.