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2.13: Supporting Families and Communities

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    11655
  • Individual-level mental health and well-being is strongly mediated by the immediate social context in which people live, work and carry out their day-to-day activities. The focus of family- and community-level attention is therefore to foster living and working conditions that enable psychosocial development (particularly among vulnerable persons) and promote positive interactions within and between families and social groups. Certain mental health promotion and protection strategies are targeted at specific groups, including: home-based interventions for socioeconomically disadvantaged families and for children with a mentally ill parent; prevention of intimate partner violence; school-based interventions for children and adolescents exhibiting emotional or behavioral problems; work-based interventions for adults looking for employment or struggling to cope at work; community-based interventions aimed at enhanced social participation of older adults; and psychosocial support for persons affected by conflict or disaster.