The importance of the early years in laying the foundation for good mental health throughout the life cycle is addressed in this chapter and a clear rationale for promoting the mental health of children and their families is outlined. Early childhood interventions are examined that address both protective and risk factors for healthy child development, with particular reference to home visiting family support programmes that promote positive mental health outcomes for children and their families. A selected number of evidence-based programmes are presented in order to illustrate their core content, evidence of effectiveness and their successful implementation across diverse socio-cultural contexts globally. A case study is presented that examines the challenges of embedding a mental health promotion strategy into an existing home visiting programme and the factors which contributed to its success.
SOURCE: Clarke A.M. “Promoting the Mental Health of Children and Families in the Early Years.” In: Barry M., Clarke A., Petersen I., Jenkins R. (eds) Implementing Mental Health Promotion. Springer, Cham, 01 November 2019.
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