Mental Health Screenings of Teens by PCPs Can Prevent Suicides

A new paper finds that psychosocial assessment and mental health screening of teens during routine health care visits can literally be a life-saver.

Nursing researchers with the University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Woman’s University contend that depression and suicide risk screening can assist health care providers in preventing suicides in teens.

Sharolyn K. Dihigo, RN, DNP,  and Barbara Gray, PhD, RN, recently examined available research to determine what screening tools nurse practitioners and others in primary care settings should access during “well” visits with teenage patients.

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