Health professionals can prevent mental health problems

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 09 August 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:327
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. BMJ

    People at high risk of developing mental health problems can be identified and offered effective interventions, says a new systematic review of the evidence.

    The latest report from the NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination at the University of York says that primary healthcare professionals are well placed to identify people who are vulnerable to mental health problems (Effective Healthcare 1997;3:3). Poverty, bereavement, divorce, and unemployment can put people at risk of developing anxiety or depression (see box).

    Some characteristics of people at high risk of developing mental health problems

    Children who are:

    • Living in poverty

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