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School district stands behind suicide screening

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 24th, 2013

School board members who attended a community forum last week reaffirmed their support for suicide screening of Page Middle School students despite continued opposition from a former colleague and others.

“The decision’s already been made,” said Irene Begaye-Jones, who, along with Robert Candelaria, represented the Page Unified School District governing board at the forum held April 16 in the PMS library.

The 14-question survey screens for such things as depression, anxiety, drug use and suicide thoughts or attempts, according to Brandy Moran, of Native Americans for Community Action (NACA), which administers the program.

Opponents of screening claim the pharmaceutical industry funds such programs in hopes they will funnel children to mental health practioners who would prescribe drugs to treat them. They also argue that the tests aren’t reliable and that children identified as having mental health issues would be stigmatized.

For the complete article see the 04-24-2013 issue.

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