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WIC Guidance for Screening and Referring Women With or at Risk for Depression

While diagnosing and treating depression are outside of WIC's scope, WIC’s nutrition assessment process and referral services lend themselves well to identifying and linking women with or at risk of depression to appropriate services.

This guidance is intended to increase WIC staff awareness and knowledge in assisting participants diagnosed with or who are at risk for depression. It identifies focus areas of breastfeeding promotion and support, and nutrition education related to maternal depression, and lists necessary components of a State and/or local agency process to enhance WIC screening and referral services for maternal depression.

 

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