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Kalamazoo, MI: Annual mental health screenings "could prevent teens...hurting themselves/others"

Mar 5, 2018, CBS3, Kalamazoo, MI: Kalamazoo mental health providers see increase in teen patients http://wwmt.com/news/local/kalamazoo-mental-health-providers-see-increase-in-teen-patients Kids age 12 and up should undergo annual depression screenings, according to new guideline by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The new guidelines come amid the growing number of school threats following the deadly Valentine’s Day shooting at a Florida school. Therapist Michelle Zukowski-Serlin believes the yearly screenings during regular checkups could prevent teens from hurting themselves or hurting others. Zukowski-Serlin, the executive director at Choices for Change Counseling agency in Kalamazoo, has seen an increase in teen patients in recent weeks. Some are students who are too scared to go to school, others are seeing her after making threatening comments. … That Zero Suicide program and the AAP depression screenings ask about suicidal thoughts but no homicidal thoughts. Gaggino believes that could be something to consider adding in the future.