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How To Identify A Mental Illness That Could Turn Violent

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- The vast majority of people with a mental illness never exhibit any signs of violence. 

However, there are warning signs to look out for that could indicate the potential for a violent act, including threats to harm oneself or others, reckless acts like driving dangerously or getting arrested at a young age, abusing animals, and abusing drugs and alcohol. 

The group most at risk for violence is young teenage boys and men in their early 20s. 

If you spot any of these warning signs, call a mental health professional or 9-1-1.



Missouri Department of Mental Health

Illinois Department of Human Services

Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri

National Alliance on Mental Illness