A strategy or approach that reduces the likelihood of risk of onset or delays the onset of adverse health problems or reduces the harm resulting from conditions or behaviors.
Prevention is the act of stoping something before it can happen. In the context of mental health, prevention means to recognize key warning signs of decling mental health. Preventative measures become active when a trained eye notices the tell tale signs of a depressive or at risk individual. Preventative measures include an intervention, reasurrance, and support for the at risk individual.