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Mental Health, Mental Illness, Youth and Sexual Violence: An FAQ for Educators and School Administrators

This FAQ is tailored to Educators and School Administrators. It may be a helpful tool for Gender-Based Violence Public Educators who have experienced barriers conducting prevention trainings in secondary schools due to fear that sexual violence conversations may impact their students mental health. This FAQ answers questions to the following pertinent questions:

  • What is mental health, mental illness, and why is it especially important to young people?
  • What does sexual violence have to do with youth and mental health and mental illness?
  • Given that sexual violence can have such a strong impact on youth, isn’t it better that we just don’t mention it at school? We don’t wish to upset or trigger students.
  • I want to support students to learn about sexual violence. What can I do?

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