Depression can occur multiple times during a person’s lifetime. The purpose of a relapse prevention plan is to help the patient understand their own personal warning signs. These warning signs are specific to each person and can help the patient identify when depression may be starting to return so they can get help sooner – before the symptoms get bad. The other purpose of a relapse prevention plan is to help remind the patient what has worked for him/her to feel better. The relapse prevention plan should be filled out by the Behavioral Health Care Manager and the patient together.