Mental Health Screenings in Schools Should Be Standard, Research Suggests

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Two reports published in the Lancet Psychiatry suggest that schools should do more to implement mental health screenings and care for children and adolescents. The research analyzed programs currently implemented in low, middle, and high-income schools and issued recommendations for all, including identification by teachers of at-risk students for further evaluation or training of health counselors to detect signs like changes in weight or bullying that could indicate physical or mental health issues. Mina Fazel, DM, MRCPsych, a study author, adds that including treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy as part of the school’s health program could detect and treat mental health issues at an early stage. Dr. Fazel believes that stigma surrounding mental health treatment is the most significant factor for the lack of this form of health care in primary and secondary schools, but priorities must be shifted for the benefit of mental health for children and adolescents.

Mental Health Screenings in Schools Should Be Standard, Research Suggests
Mental Health Screenings in Schools

Schools should be a first line of defense for catching young people at risk for mental health issues from depression to ADHD, a pair of new reports says. Mina Fazel, a child psychiatrist at the University of Oxford. “It will take a commitment from health and education.” The reports, published in The Lancet Psychiatry, looked at programs already implemented in both high-income schools and middle- and low-income schools.

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