Mental health screening for children made mandatory in the United States
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has said that children between 10 to 21 years of age will be regularly checked for depression.
Experts believe that children in this age group regularly feel depressed. By the time they reach the age of 20 years, the depression is acute. The AAP has decided to hold mental health check ups every year of children. This will be a part of the regular health checks done on children.
Many parents do not get their children checked by a mental health expert often enough. One of the main reasons is the high treatment cost. Lack of time is another factor.
Many mental health experts in the U.S. have welcomed this decision by the AAP. They say that it will bring greater focus on mental health among kids, parents and professionals.
It is important for a country to keep a check on the mental health of its children, as they will shape the country’s future.