Mental Health and Violence: Opportunities for Prevention and Early Intervention - A Workshop

When: February 26, 2014 - February 27, 2014 (9:00 AM Eastern)
Where: Keck Center (100) • 500 Fifth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

Topics Global Health, Children and Families, Substance Use and Mental Health
Activity: Forum on Global Violence Prevention
Boards: Board on Global Health, Board on Children, Youth, and Families, DBASSE Committee on Law and Justice

Link to CBS News Clip "Nowhere to Go: Mentally Ill Youth In Crisis": 

An ad hoc committee will plan a 2-day public workshop to explore the relationship between mental health and violence. The workshop will feature invited presentations and discussions with the goal of laying the foundation for progress in improving outcomes with respect to mental health and violence embodied in research, policy change, and program development.

Workshop speakers and participants will explore a continuum of approaches to improving both mental health and violence prevention with the objectives of:

  • Arriving at a better understanding of the intersections between mental health and violence, including:
    • The relationships between mental health dysfunction and risks of violence perpetration and victimization as well as the mental health consequences of exposure to violence; and
    • The extent to which improved mental health functioning and improved mental health services can--or cannot--address concerns about violence in society.
  • Exploring a new model for thinking about the intersections of mental health promotion and violence prevention that is useful for improving outcomes.


The committee, supported by the staff of the Forum on Global Violence Prevention, will develop the workshop agenda, select and invite speakers and discussants, and moderate the discussions. Experts will be drawn from the public and private sectors as well as from academic organizations to allow for multi-lateral, evidence-based discussions. An individually-authored summary of the presentations and discussions at the workshop will be prepared by a designated rapporteur in accordance with institutional guidelines.

The workshop is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

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