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Last Updated on : 11th Sep, 2015
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How can we prevent mental illness and behavioral health problems in the first place?

Suffering would be reduced if we could prevent health and mental health problems. There are multiple approaches to prevention: 1) universal prevention, a broad approach that involves interventions designed to improve health and well-being in a total population; 2) targeted prevention, which directs interventions to individuals with elevated risk for problems; and 3) indicated prevention, which directs interventions to individuals with signs or symptoms  that a disorder is developing.  The term  “prevention”  is generally used to refer to the prevention of new disorders or problems, and the term  “treatment” used to refer to interventions aimed at  reducing existing health and mental health problems and associated impairments. Health and mental health promotion is also critical for enhancing wellness. Hear more about prevention.





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