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Averting School Violence Report: Identify and Treat Youth Mental Health

A report released in April by the US Secret Service, Averting Targeted School Violence, states school shooters all faced mental health issues including suicidality, and they intended to die by suicide as part of the attack.

With kids returning to schools by the fall after the COVID pandemic, many are stressed, and have anxiety or depression. Drexel University's Center for Family Intervention Science has been working with mdlogix in various clinical and non-clinical settings in Pennsylvania since 2008. In 2013, the state began providing BH-Works to any SAP team (Pennsylvania Student Assistance Program) interested in using the tool to screen adolescents for mental health problems, substance use, and psychosocial risk factors.

School counseling staff reported 50% decrease in time spent screening students. They screened more than 13,000 students and referred more than 10,000 at-risk students to treatment and support. With a comprehensive, validated system to screen, assess, treat and monitor outcomes, we can help our youth and prevent another tragedy.

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