Early learning programs can play a key role in helping children, families, and staff commit to finding ways to reduce stress in their lives. Programs can also create wellness strategies that promote both physical and mental well-being. In the resources below, learn ways to promote a culture of wellness for young children and the adults who care for them. Explore information around parental depression, a widespread mental health concern that affects the health and well-being of parents and their children.
In this toolkit, find out why it’s important to address maternal depression. Learn more about ways to recognize depression and tips for working with mothers who may be experiencing it.
Find research and practices on the importance of strengths-based support, information about depression, and referrals for treatment. All of these tools can make a huge difference for parents suffering from depression, as well as their children.
Maternal depression can interfere with a mother’s ability to be responsive to her new baby. It also can make parenting toddlers and preschoolers more difficult. Explore these five action steps and resources to find ways to help families reduce the impact of depression in their lives.
In this resource, find effective strategies for starting the conversation about depression with families. Learn about ways to help families get the support they need.
Share this resource with families to help them learn more about symptoms of depression. Discover strategies for self-care and supporting parent-child relationships.
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National Centers: Health, Behavioral Health, and Safety
Last Updated: November 15, 2022