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Violence & Mental Health
Thursday, April 8, 2021

"The most important thing that you can do to maintain good physical and mental health and to assure yourself of equal opportunity in the future is to stay in school and get an education."

-- Statement from the Section on Public Health and Preventive Medicine, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

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Violence can take many forms: harassment, cyber bullying, school shootings, self harm, suicide. These and others have an adverse effect on a person's mental health.  One in five teens have dealt with or will deal with a mental health issue.


However, there are many obstacles to proper mental health treatment: social and cultural stigmas; lack of access to healthcare resources; fears of sharing issues with parents, teachers, and peers. 


TEEN HEALTH WEEK℠ seeks to raise awareness and address issues related to violence; encourage teens to take charge of their mental health; and empower young people to make a difference in their communities.


The College of Physicians of Philadelphia offers resources drawing upon healthcare professionals in the field to help teens better understand their personal health and development. For more information, including facts and figures, and ideas on how to raise awareness about issues related to teen health, feel free to contact us at

A Sound Mind: Preventing Violence & Building Our Communities

In this lesson, learners explore violence and mental health from a biopsychosocial perspective based upon the impact of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences). The psychosocial model allows learners to view violence prevention via an interdisciplinary model that looks at the interconnection between biology (genetic, biochemical, etc.), psychology (mood, personality, behavior, etc.), and socio-environmental factors (cultural, familial, socioeconomic, medical, etc.). The model specifically examines how these aspects play a role in topics ranging from health (i.e. mental illness) and disease models (i.e. alcoholism, substance abuse) to human development (i.e. predisposal to violence).


PA Standards Met: 10.1.9.A, 10.1.12.A, 10.2.9.D, 10.2.12.D, 10.3.12.C

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 Follow TEEN HEALTH WEEK℠ (@teenhealthweek) on Instagram for information on teen health related issues and events! 


Remember to share the hashtag #TeenHealthWeek

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