SOS BSAD Depression Screen and Questionnaire

Parent/Guardian Information Letter
Posted on 11/01/2019
Parent/Guardian Information Letter

Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School

415 Center St. Bridgewater, MA 02324


Quick link to the SOS BSAD Depression Screen and Questionnaire  

October 23rd, 2019

Dear Parent or Guardian:

The teen years are marked by a roller-coaster ride of emotions which is difficult for teens, their parents, and educators. It is easy to misread depression as normal adolescent turmoil; however, depression (among the most common of mental illnesses) appears to be occurring at a much earlier age, and the past decade has seen teen suicide rates double.

To proactively address this issue, our school is offering depression screening and suicide prevention training as part of the SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program. This program has been used by thousands of schools and it is well received by the students. It has proven successful at increasing help seeking by students concerned about themselves or a friend and is the only school-based suicide prevention program to show a reduction in suicide attempts in a randomized, controlled study (American Journal of Public Health, March 2004).

We plan to present the program during one hour block in each tenth grade Health Class between 11/5/19 and 12/10/19.  Our goals in participating in this program are straightforward:

  • To help our students understand that depression is a treatable illness, and help them assess whether or not they may have symptoms consistent with depression,
  • To explain that suicide is a preventable tragedy that often occurs as a result of untreated depression,
  • To provide our students training in how to identify serious depression and potential suicidality in a friend , family member or themselves,
  • To impress upon teens that they can help themselves or a friend by taking the simple step of talking to a responsible adult about their concerns.
  • To educate students that they can learn and use healthy effective strategies to manage stress, anxiety, anger and other difficult feelings.

Students will take a self-assessment depression inventory.  This has been proven to be very effective in identifying children who may be in need of mental health assessment and services.

The depression screening tool used focuses on thoughts and feelings which a parent may be unaware that their child is experiencing. This tool cannot provide a diagnosis of depression, but does give an indication of whether a young person should be referred for evaluation by a mental health provider.

If you do NOT want your child to participate in the SOS Suicide Prevention Program, please complete the form below and return it to the office of the school adjustment counselor, Mrs. Suarez. If you have concerns or questions about the program, please contact one of the following people:

Lauren Suarez, School Adjustment Counselor               508-697-6902 x11137

Lauren Webber, School Adjustment Counselor             508-697-6902 x11157

If we do not hear from you by 11/4/19, we will assume your child has permission to participate in this program. Thank you.

 

Please return to Mrs. Suarez’s office in the Guidance Suite.

I, ________________________________________do NOT give permission for my child, _________________________________________to be screened for depression and participate in the SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program, to take place in Health classes between 11/5/19 and 12/10/19.

Parent/Guardian Signature: ___________________________________________

Date: ______________________

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