Family Centred Activities to Ensure Harmonious Relationship:
Between various members of the family attitudes of mutual trust, love and respect for one another need to be fostered. Attitudes of warmth, acceptance and love, emotional support and facilitating growth of children to realise their full potential go a long way in primary prevention.
Programmes Oriented to Keep Families Intact:
Educational services in the field of mental health and mental hygiene. Parent-teacher associations. Home maker services when there is absence of the mother from home due to illness or other reasons for prolonged periods, the public health nurse can arrange for the service. Child guidance clinics to guide the parents in proper child rearing practices, and to clear their doubts on mental health issue of the child. Marital counseling for those having marital problems. .
Programmes for Families in Crisis:
Some normal developmental crisis are: The children passing through adolescence. Birth of a new baby. Retirement or menopause. Death of a wage earner in the family. Desertion by the spouse. These crisis situation can be handled by attendance at mental hygiene clinics psychiatric fmt aid centers, walk-in-clinics, etc.