WBUR Boston: Welcome new AAP call for "universal screening for depression" in kids 12 and up

Mar 15, 2018, WBUR Boston: New Depression Screening For Teens Could Reduce The Stigma Of Mental Illness When I read that the American Academy of Pediatrics has called for universal screening for depression for children 12 and up, it seemed exceedingly welcome and pragmatic news, given the prevalence of teenage depression. After all, 20 percent of teens reportedly encounter depression. … To address mental health concerns early and often can help them become matter-of-fact rather than a matter of shame. The more we can accept and not hide, the more likely we are — as individuals and as a country — to live healthier and happier lives, not depression-free for those of us touched by it, but more compassionately and graciously.