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Mental Health Screening in Schools Transcript

Mental Health Screening in Schools by Summer White

[School bell rings and upbeat music playing; image of a middle school; image of a high school] Schools often screen students for vision [image of an adult screening a teenage student for a vision] and hearing [Image of adult giving a hearing test to a young child] in case they have any issues. If they do, [image of a children sitting on a carpet in an elementary school classroom watching a teacher] you’d want to know, right? Image of a child with glasses on with a book, book shelves with books on them in the background] So they can get more specialized advice- maybe get some glasses [image of a group of children sitting or kneeling on the ground, one has a hearing aid] or a hearing aid? [Image of a child lying in the grass with hands on her chin looking concerned] Meanwhile, schools rarely screen for basic mental health issues. But mental health issues are pretty common [more solemn music begins to play, image of a child lying in the grass looking concerned]. [Illustration of five smiling

children holding hands] One in five children in the U.S. shows signs of mental health disorders. If fact, [screen is half light blue, half white, with the words “mental illness” written in the center] half of all chronic mental health conditions begin by age 14. And, [screen is 75% light blue, 25% white, with the words “75% of adults who access mental health treatment had a diagnosable disorder when they were under 18 years old” written in the center] most of adults who access mental health treatment had a diagnosable disorder when they were under 18 years old. However, due to stigma, [image of a pre-teen whispering into the ear of another pre-teen behind a pre-teen who is looking sadly down at the ground] inadequate resources, and never being screened for mental health issues, the average delay between the first appearance of [image of a pre-teen sitting at a wooden table holding her elbow with one hand and resting her head on the other hand] mental health issue symptoms and [image of a tablet on a table with a word scramble including the words “counseling, advice, help, personal problems, professional, action, talks, guidance, face, recommend, give, urge, opinion, depression, support, psychological, coach, encourage”] intervention [image of an open orange prescription bottle with white round pills spilled on to the surface] is eight [“2017” in blue block text with wooden accents] to ten [“2027” in blue large outlined text with a dark shadow behind it; white background] years. So if kids are showing signs [image of a teenager standing above the number 14 and a man standing above the number 24 with a long dotted line in between them; red background] at age 14, but are not getting screened, they may not actually get the help they need until they’re 24! Which is a shame, because [upbeat music begins to play again; image of a smiling student holding a writing utensil over an open journal; upbeat music begins playing] most people who get connected with [image of three smiling teenage softball players high-fiving each other] treatment see [image of a

group of people wearing black gowns outside jumping over grass into the air throwing black caps high up] great results. [Image of a donut chart titled “Treatment Effectiveness” that is 90% red (indicating recover) and 10% cream (indicating no recovery) colored, with an illustration of a smiling face in the center of the donut; white background with a few multi-colored shapes (parts of circles, part of a triangle, and a squiggly line)] As high as 90% of individuals have a significant reduction of symptoms and improved quality of life [image of teenagers outside smiling; one is playing a guitar] after receiving mental health treatment. [Music slowly fades out; Image of a child wearing a hoodie with hands holding the fence through the opening in the fence looking sad] Considering the prevalence of mental health issues among children, [image of a child sitting on a wooden path outside holding her knees looking down at the ground] the current long gap between symptoms and getting care, and [image of two smiling teens sitting down in a warmly lit area; one is looking off into the distance and the other is looking at her, seemingly offering a comforting touch to the side of her head; empowering music begins to play] the effectiveness of treatment, you should really [image of slightly slanted large red text that says “Take Action” with a thin red boarder] do something to get screenings in your schools. [Image of adults in business casual attire reading pieces of paper together] Educate yourself and [illustration of a white Claymation person holding back a red bowl on the end of a pendulum] empower others [image of an adult sitting on a couch next to a child both looking positively at colorful paper] to learn about the prevalence of mental health issues among children, [image of a child with an open book in her hands sitting on the lap of a smiling adult on a couch leaning her head on his chest laughing] the effectiveness of screenings for early detection, and the [image of a student wearing plastic gloves working collaboratively to examine liquid contents in a test

tube] benefits of seeking treatment. [Image of a person writing “idea” with an arrow that leads to “plan” with an arrow that leads to “action”] And then, reach out to your representatives [Illustration of two white Claymation people; the one on the left of the screen is sitting on a blue chair and one on the right of the screen is sitting on a red chair; hand gestures imply explaining and openness] about mental health screenings in your local school district, policies to promote mental well-being, and funding for mental health programs [image of a smiling child sitting on the carpeted floor in front of cubbies holding lamented papers that are bound together with binder rings; the cover has hand-written text that says, “My ABCD Book” and has a drawing of a few stick figures and a heart with hand-written text that says “FAMILY” over it] in schools. Because, if your [image of a happy child wearing glasses sitting outside in a green space on a wooden chair pointing straight ahead] child needs some help with something, [image of the side a person’s calm face who is wearing an ear bud that is connected to an electronic device that is playing a track] wouldn’t you want [image of a child smiling so wide that his eyes close] to know? [Music becomes even more upbeat; white background and text that says, “digitalbridges for humanistic inquiry” in blue and green font. Under that, in smaller font, is text that says, “A Grinnell College/University of Iowa Partnership”; Upbeat music continues; off-white background with large navy blue text saying “Sources” followed by smaller black text that lists, “Music: http://www.purple-planet.com”, “Statistics: NAMI. (2017). Mental health screening. NAMI. Retrieved from https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Public-Policy/Mental-Health-Screening; NAMI. (2017). Mental health facts. NAMI. Retrieved from https://www.nami.org/getattachment/Learn-More/Mental-Health-by-the Numbers/childrenmhfacts.pdf; Transition Mental Health Services. (2017). The facts about

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