Preventive strategies are used to reduce the occurrence of behavioral health symptoms and disorders. Effective preventive strategies focus on reducing risk factors and increasing protective factors associated with behavioral health.
Risk factors, like genes or certain medical conditions, make it more likely for some people to experience behavioral health conditions than others. Some of the known risk factors include individual, genetic and environmental factors such as:
Unlike risk factors, which increase the chance of behavioral health problems, protective factors defend against these issues and help boost well-being. Some of the known protective factors include individual, genetic, and environmental factors such as: