TeenScreen says that one of its purposes is to “connect” kids with mental health treatment, and that usually means prescribing psychotropic drugs. The number of children taking these drugs has doubled over the last nine years. One of the major selling points for Teen Screen is suicide prevention. However, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force found “no evidence” that screening for suicide risk reduces suicide attempts.
Mental health screening overrides parents’ rights to control the care of their own children. It has the potential for public school mental health screenings to be used for politically motivated purposes. One federally-funded violence prevention program lists “intolerance” as a mental problem that may lead a child to commit violent acts at school. However, intolerance is often a code word for believing in traditional values.
Those who oppose mental health screening should ask their State Representatives to pass legislation to keep students from being subjected to nosy psychological or psychiatric questions without prior, informed, written parental consent.
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