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ABC13 Eyewitness News: Police killings can have profound effects on mental health of Black Americans, expert says

By May 29, 2020 No Comments

“In 2018, a study published in British journal The Lancet showed police killings had a profound effect on the mental health of black Americans in the days following those incidents.

In fact, it accounted for an additional 1.7 days of poor mental health days for the black community annually. Dr. Atheendar Venkataramani, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, is a co-author of the study.

‘We’re just trying to understand that there’s this big mental health response which we did find, and having found that, I think that the take-home message is police killings are a public health issue, and I think we all have a vested interest in trying to reduce their occurrence,’ he said.”

Read the ABC13 piece here.

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