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Five Action Steps to Address Maternal Depression in Head Start Programs

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3. Provide reflective supervision for staff working with families who have mental health concerns

When staff works with families who are experiencing depression or other mental health concerns, they may need some additional support and guidance from their supervisors. Reflective supervision can help staff: to gain insight into how the families’ stress and depression might be affecting their own mental health; to maintain appropriate boundaries in their help-giving roles; and to prevent burn-out by proving a safe place to talk about their feelings and challenges. Remember that taking care of others requires taking care of you!

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