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County Provides Mental Health Tests in Schools

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare. That a child might contemplate or actually commit suicide. Because of that, the Nevada County Behavioral Health Department has developed mental health screenings for high school students. They are called ‘What’s up? Wellness Checkups”. Jen Winders is the program coordinator…

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Winders says usually that means anything from wanting to join a youth group or support group or sometimes therapy. Winders says that ‘positive’ result does not indicate suicidal tendencies…

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The screenings target ninth and tenth graders but are provided to any student in need. They are free, and also voluntary, and must be done with parental consent. Research indicates the tenth grade year is the most dangerous year for teen suicide.

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