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Mental Health Problems and Mind-Body Wellness

Violent Behaviour

Prevention - When to Call a Health Professional

Anger and arguments are normal parts of healthy relationships. However, anger that leads to threats or violence, such as hitting or hurting, is not normal or healthy. Physical, verbal, or sexual abuse is not an acceptable part of any relationship.

Violent behaviour often begins with verbal threats or relatively minor incidents, but over time it can become more serious, involving physical harm. Violent behaviour is

learned behaviour, so it is especially important to teach your children that violence is not a healthy solution to conflict.


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  • Seek nonviolent ways to resolve conflicts. Arguing is fine, even healthy, so long as it does not turn violent. See Anger and Hostility for more information about controlling anger.

  • Teach your children that violence is not a solution to conflicts. Do not use physical discipline such as spanking. If you need help with discipline, consider taking a course on parenting skills.

  • Do not keep firearms or other weapons in a home where there is someone who has a drug or alcohol problem, is prone to violent behaviour, or has threatened suicide.

  • Be alert to warning signs, such as threats or drunkenness, so you can avoid dangerous situations. If you cannot predict when violence may occur, have an "exit plan" for use in an emergency.

When to Call a Health Professional

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Call 911 or other emergency services: