Commissioned by the Ballmer Institute for Children’s Behavior Health, this review examines research on the effects of school-based depression prevention programs. We specifically reviewed evidence on programs delivered directly to K-12 students during the school day.
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Learn more about the programs
For more information on the programs included in the review and their characteristics (e.g., cost, student age, curriculum goals), visit our Program Profiles supplement.
Do School-Based Programs Work for Preventing Youth Depression?
Will these programs work at my school?
Assuming your school and students are similar to those in the review, you are more likely than not to benefit from implementing a program. However, we cannot guarantee that it will work. Future research is needed to better understand which students and schools benefit the most from which programs.