Mental Health Screening Available for FDSH Students
November 14, 2012, Fort Dodge, IA- FDSH students are eligible to receive a free, confidential screening for depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. TeenScreen was developed by the National Center for Mental Health Checkups at Columbia University and has been used at the school for several years.
Fourteen to 20 percent of youth experience mental or emotional disorders at any given time. Often the warning signs of mental illness are not visible making it important to screen for early risk factors. Studies show 80 percent of youth with mental disorders do not receive the help they need and that 90 percent of the time parents are unaware of their child’s suicide attempts.
“At Fort Dodge Senior High, we understand that mental illness can be a barrier to student learning and academic success,” said Lori Degelau, Case Manager - Bridges. “Research shows that less than one half of students with mental health issues graduate. Our hope is that through this early screening process we can find students who are suffering silently and help them reach their full potential.”
TeenScreen is completely voluntary and confidential. Parents must give permission for their teen to participate. The assessment can make parents aware of the difficulties their child may be facing, and connect them with mental health services for their teen if needed.
If you would like to have your high school student screened or if you have questions please contact Degelau at Fort Dodge Senior High at 574.5459
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