Cookies on this website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Continue' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

"It's not so much a mental illness problem – it's young men who feel socially excluded, angry and disaffected," he said, although he noted that he couldn't say whether this was true in the case of the Germanwings co-pilot.

Don’t blame depression for devastating plane crash Forbes (US), 30/03/2015, Dan Diamond

Article on depression notes a recent Oxford University study which reviewed 50,000 Swedish citizens diagnosed with depression, concluding that people who were diagnosed with depression tended to commit more violent crimes too. But the Oxford researchers noted that when accounting for other factors – like a previous history of violence, substance abuse, or psychosis – the elevated rate of violence among people with depression was notably smaller.

Germanwings crash: Mental illness alone does not explain co-pilot's behavior, experts say FOX News (US), 30/03/2015, Tanya Lewis

Article on depression in light of the Germanwings crash notes research by Seena Fazel, a professor of forensic psychiatry at the University of Oxford. He found that people with depression are about three times more likely to commit a violent crime than people who are not depressed but that the percentage of people with depression who commit violent crimes is still extremely low.


Please follow the link below to read the news on the NIHR BRC website.

Read the news