Take the Screening
Take a moment to check in on your child's mental health. This anonymous screening allows you to review the screening your child will receive as a part of SOS.Parent Brief Screen for Adolescent Depression
Mental health screening is an educational tool that teaches students about the symptoms of depression and encourages them to seek help based on their self-assessment. Some parents may be concerned about depression/suicide screening because of a common myth: asking kids about suicide (in person or on a survey) could put the idea in their head. Rest assured that evidence-based suicide prevention programming, including screening, is safe and effective. After years of research, there is no evidence that screening youth for suicide induces suicidal thinking or behavior (Gould et al., 2007).
Mental health screenings are for educational purposes and do not provide a diagnosis.
The goal of in-school screening is for students to identify symptoms consistent with depression and/or suicide risk and for school staff to advise a complete professional evaluation.
If you are concerned about your child, resources are always available.