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Time to adopt Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) as a public health intervention to ease depression?


As near­ly 10,000 fresh­men and trans­fers arrived on cam­pus at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, Los Ange­les, last fall, they were invit­ed to try some­thing nev­er before offered dur­ing stu­dent ori­en­ta­tion: depres­sion screen­ing.

The hope, admin­is­tra­tors explained, is that by iden­ti­fy­ing their risk for depres­sion, stu­dents can get the sup­port they need before they face the rig­ors of acad­e­mia and the dis­ori­ent­ing expe­ri­ence of liv­ing away at col­lege. Read the rest of this entry »

Trend: Wider use of mental health screenings in school-based settings



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 Read the rest of this entry »

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