When clinicians treat a parent for depression, they may not realize they have an opportunity to help prevent the development of mental health problems in that person's children. But a growing body of evidence suggests that such an opportunity indeed exists.
A new set of recommendations aims to educate clinicians about evidence-based mental health prevention interventions targeting children and adolescents (Beardslee WR et al. Psychiatric Serv. 2011;62:247-254). It also provides practical tips on how clinicians can implement these interventions in their practice or in their community.
Kuehn BM. New Guidance for Clinicians on Avoiding Mental Health Problems in Young People. JAMA. 2011;305(15):1525-1526. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.494