Family focus to address kids’ mental health risk

Children whose parents have depression are two to four times more likely to develop mental illness themselves. They are also more likely to develop low self-esteem, and experience a lag in academic and social progression.

Earlier this year, a meta-analysis of 13 randomised controlled trials of interventions with cognitive, behavioural, or psycho-educational components, had dramatic findings. Not only did the children who participated in the interventions have lower symptom scores, they also had a 40% reduction in risk of developing the same mental illness as their parent.