Anoka-Hennepin Schools May Start Depression Screenings (CBS Minnesota):
“Minnesota’s largest school district is discussing screening high school students for depression and anxiety in the classroom…
Dr. Nita Kumar, a mental health consultant for the district, said Friday that the idea is to get students to talk about something they may hide from their parents or not even understand what is happening. The form is the same one many doctors’ offices provide, the PHQ9 form.
Kumar said with parents’ permission, the patient health questionnaire would be given to 10th graders in health class. Teachers would not score the questionnaire for privacy reasons. A health care professional would score them and make a recommendation based on the results.
Kumar said a health screening could be a significant step toward pointing students in a positive direction for years to come.
Twin Cities area doctors said about half the clinics in the Twin Cities area offer these same depression screening tests, but usually a parent has to ask for them after seeing some warning signs at home.”
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