Although the utopian concept of a society devoid of stress, family or social problem is unlikely, it does not mean that one should not strive for a better physical and emotional environment for our young people. Better education, employment, self development and leisure opportunities are just a few examples where we can help our youths to reduce their stresses. This decrease in stress and promotion of well-being is primary prevention. The early intervention when a problem arises, e.g. the prompt management of depressive symptoms, is known as secondary prevention. The prevention of complication, e.g. suicide as a result of depression, is known as tertiary prevention. Any effective preventive pro gram should include these levels of prevention.