Suicide screenings important for teens

Matt Doll, PhD
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Programs like the Fond du Lac Area YScreen are important. One out of every five teens in America has emotional health concerns. The 2011 Wisconsin Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that 14 percent of the teens surveyed seriously considered suicide in the past year, and suicide is the second leading cause of death in Wisconsin among 15 to 24 year olds. According to a health survey conducted in the Fond du Lac School District in 2012, 15 percent of eighth, 10th & 11th grade respondents reported they had seriously considered suicide in the past year. This is a significant decrease from a high of 26 percent in 2004. Eight percent state they have attempted suicide, which has stayed about the same over the years.

Unfortunately, these problems are often hidden. We believe that no youth should suffer in silence when help is available.

YScreen identifies potential risk factors and offers assistance to students who may be experiencing emotional health and substance abuse issues, but does not make formal diagnoses.

Participation in YScreen, offered at no charge to schools or students and their families, is voluntary. Screening is conducted by licensed counselors and registered nurses at schools in Fond du Lac County.  If there are concerns that arise as a result of a youth’s participation, parents are notified immediately. Support is given to the family as they seek further supportive services.

 

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