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The Pain of Scrolling Through Social Media After a Mass Shooting

The worst time to be a person with a mental illness is in the wake of a mass shooting. After two such incidents in the United States in a matter of days, one in Atlanta and one in Boulder, Colorado, I can attest how painful it is to scroll through social media and witness the singling out of people like me.

Like many of my peers with mental illness, I have no criminal history. I am a vegetarian, someone who wouldn’t even harm an animal, much less a human person.

Yet, whenever mass shootings befall the United States, many people’s knee jerk reaction is to blame those individuals “over there” — the “crazy people,” as one Facebook friend derided us.

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