HEALTH

Should schools screen students for depression?

BY Leah Mishkin, Correspondent |

Approximately 20% of teens who suffer from depression seriously consider suicide, and one in 12 attempt suicide, according to a bill making its way through the Assembly. The legislation, if passed, would require public schools to give students in 7th through 12th grade an annual electronic questionnaire to screen for depression. But what do mental health professionals think about the legislation?