Violence Prevention and Intervention Steps and Information
We are exposed to violence at increasing rates. Our exposure to violence affects our mental health, especially for younger people.
Violence is everywhere. It is in our morning newspapers, on the Internet, television, games, and movies. Children are experiencing violence in their homes, neighborhoods, and schools. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month for many people throughout the world.
Here is some basic steps and information you can use to aid people in need of help regarding violence.
Security and safety should be your first priority. If you think your child is at risk of being hurt by themselves or by someone else, get help and intervene immediately. Call a crisis hotline, local police, or emergency medical services. Call you pediatrician or family doctor and voice your concerns to them. Make contact with your child’s school counselor and teacher. Sometimes, a teacher can tell when a child is struggling. They also spend a lot of time with your child and know your child’s strengths and weaknesses.
Like any requirement for success, be persistent in trying to obtain help from a doctor. It may require that you call a doctor every day until you can receive an appointment. Continue reaching out for help until you find an organization or person, doctor, psychologist, therapist, and counselor to help you in obtaining a safe environment, assistance, therapy, and treatment.
Use social networks and support systems. Bad things happen to us despite our good intentions and efforts. Someone close to us will die. Someone we love and care deeply about will become a victim of violence. Many of us experience financial hardships, divorces, and illness. As hard as we try, we will be unable to prevent many hardships from happening to us. The real issue is not one being able to prohibit bad things happening to us because many of these issues are out of our control. What is important is how we handle these events when they do occur. Maintaining a positive mental attitude and health, while coping with the unforeseen negative events is essential to our well-being.Continued on the next page