How a Web-Based Questionnaire Can Help Prevent Teen Suicide

Drexel News Blog

Getting teenagers to talk about what’s bothering them isn’t always easy. But with new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics recommending depression screening for adolescents (ages 11-21) during their annual physical, getting teens talking at the doctor’s office is a must.

Drexel’s Guy Diamond, PhD, is ahead of the curve in developing and disseminating tools that can help. With collaborators at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Medical Decision Logic, Inc., Diamond has helped develop a web-based screening tool called Behavioral Health Works that is helping facilitate screening, triage and prevention services for at-risk teens — not just for depression, but for many factors that could contribute to the risk of suicide in teens.

The program is currently a finalist for the Scattergood Foundation’s annual Innovation Award for making an impact on solving behavioral health problems. Diamond and his collaborators and Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health…

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