Mental Health Screening : A Mental Illness Essay

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Mental Health Screening A mental illness “a condition that impacts a person 's thinking, feeling or mood and may affect his or her ability to relate to others and function on a daily basis” (www.nami.org). Everyday about one in four Americans are diagnosed with a mental illness and about half of them began experiencing symptoms around the age of 14. “20% of youth ages 13-18 live with a mental health condition, 11% have mood disorders, 10% have a behavior or conduct disorder and 8% have an anxiety disorder” (www.nami.org). Everyday these mental illnesses go undetected and can lead to suicide, according to (www.nami.org) “90% of those who died by suicide had an underlying mental illness”. This percentage can be dramatically degreased by implementing school wide mental health screening in middle schools and high schools. The concept of mental health screenings in school would be just like any other common health problems schools already deal with, like hearing and sight problems. With mental health screenings, they would primarily focus on the child and adolescents who may be a risk for mental health issues, especially those with depressions and suicidal thoughts. Also, with these screening, they will be able to detect a student’s risk for a behavioral disorders or an attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. (ADD/ADHD). A program called TeenScreen, a large, school-

based mental health screening program developed by David Shaffer at Columbia University goes into schools…

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