What is A Mental Health Checkup?
Mental health checkups, also called screenings, use easy to administer scientifically-tested questionnaires to identify teens with undetected mental illness and/ or risk factors for suicide. Read More.
Frequently Asked Questions About Mental Health Checkups. Read More.
The Scientific Basis for Checkups
A psychiatric autopsy study conducted by Columbia University researchers in the 1990s revealed that 63 percent of teens that died by suicide had an underlying mental health problem at least one year prior to their death. This research led to the development of screening questionnaires proven to identify underlying mental health conditions, especially depression. Additional studies show that these instruments when used as part of a screening program such as TeenScreen are safe, reliable and result in teens securing necessary medical care and psychotherapy. Read More.
Adolescent Depression & Suicide
Over one million teens in the United States suffer from depression, yet less than one-third of those teens receive help. For some, depression is so severe that it leads to suicide, the third leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 11 and 18. Read More.
State Resources and Statistics
The TeenScreen National Center for Mental Health Checkups provides key facts and figures pertaining to mental health and prevention practices by state. Read More.
For most parents, mental health screening can be reassuring, demonstrating that their teen is experiencing typical adolescent “growing pains.” For others, mental health checkups can help parents identify and address problems like teen depression, and in some cases other more serious mental illness. Read more about one parent’s story.
Events and Webinars
Upcoming and prior Center events. Read More.
The TeenScreen National Center maintains a comprehensive online library of fact sheets, research articles, materials, policy reports, and other resources about our programs and youth mental health checkups. Visit the Library.
Access links to other organizations that provide information about the issues of adolescent mental health and suicide and resources for parents and teens. Read More.