Murphy’s mental health bill helpful, but won’t prevent mass shootings

Your Aug. 4 article entitled “Murphy presses for mental health overhaul,” by prominently featuring references to recent tragedies, implies that mental illnesses are responsible for acts of mass violence. This myth, which has been thoughtlessly perpetuated by this article, only serves to increase the reluctance of people living with mental health conditions to disclose their illnesses and to seek the help they need, for fear of how others will react and the negative consequences that will follow: discrimination, isolation, and shame.