Addressing the Risk of Violent Behavior in Youth: Know the Signs of Youth Violence and How to Identify and Reduce Risk in Schools

A straightforward 90 minute PowerPoint presentation, Addressing the Risk of Violent Behavior in Youth, will help teachers and school personnel identify behaviors and other signs that could result in youth violence. This material is intended as a general guide regarding what is known about risk and protective factors and the warning signs that are associated with a risk of violent behavior. It is not possible to accurately predict every incident of violent behavior.   

The material was developed for presentation by a school principal, behavioral health specialist or administrator. The “presenter version” slides contain reader notes that are geared toward the primary audiences of teachers and school-based faculty. The purpose is to inform and help classroom teachers, counselors and other staff understand the basic facts about youth violence. This useful tool also addresses the protective factors that reduce the risk of violent behavior. 

The reader presentation can also be adapted for community audiences such as parent groups or civic organizations. Whether presented in-school or in the community, your audience will learn common risk factors and warning signs associated with violent behaviors and strategies to effectively respond to situations of concern.

The presentation was produced by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education. SAMHSA is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation.

Learn more about: SAMHSA, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at;; and