What Is the Aim of Mental Illness Prevention?
Unfortunately, two major disorders today are depression and anxiety, being among the most prevalent psychiatric disorders according WHO.
The aim is to prevent mental illness- to eventually empower people by strengthening protective factors, such as improving cognitive and social skills. Interestingly, research shows that these skills protect us from depression and depressive symptoms, because they increase self-esteem, a sense of mastery, stress resistance, and more.
Similarly, anxiety disorders also appear first in childhood and adolescence, which shows that primary prevention for this group is essential. Research also tells us that improving emotional resiliency and cognitive skills are two major keys in preventing anxiety symptoms.
In our digital experience, Happiness-19, we use Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), which is skill-based, and easily used in this group age. It includes emotional, cognitive, and social skills that are essential for us to prevent mental illness.