The Blues Program

Graphic image of The Blues Program Logic Model that outlines the program components, target areas and outcomes expected from program implementation

The Blues Program (BLUES) is a school-based prevention program for adolescents with depressive symptoms or adolescents who are at risk of onset of major depression.  The program is delivered by 1 or 2 Facilitators who are familiar with cognitive behavioral methods of prevention and treating depression. The program is delivered to groups of 4-8 adolescents, in one-hour sessions over 6 weeks with home practice assignments included.  Group sessions include: building group rapport, increasing participant involvement in pleasant activities, learning and practicing cognitive restricting techniques, and developing response plans in future life stressors.  Please note, if a youth’s assessment reveals current major depression and/or serious suicidal ideation, he/she should be referred for appropriate treatment.

Program Type and Risk Level

  • Selective Prevention (Elevated Risk)
  • Indicated Prevention (Early Symptoms of Problem)
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Training
  • Counseling and Social Work

Target Population

Adolescents in High School (ages 15-18)

Risk and Protective Factors

  • Risk Factors – Individual: Stress 
  • Protective Factors – Individual: Coping Skills
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