Due to the supposed outbreak of poor mental health in America, TeenScreen was created at Columbia University in 2003. It came into being under a commission on mental health during George W. Bush’s administration. The TeenScreen program recommends that adolescent mental health screening become common practice.
It seems the biggest mental health problem in America that TeenScreen proponents worry about is suicide and depression. These troubled children are referred by TeenScreen to a mental health practitioner in America who most likely will put the potentially suicidal child on anti-depressants. And of course one of the known side effects of many antidepressants is the patient developing suicidal thoughts.
Interestingly, TeenScreen has been rather secretive about their locations and have been a bit paranoid regarding parental knowledge of their whereabouts.
Leslie McGuire, TeenScreen’s director, is concerned that there may be an uprising against mental health screening. Another director of the program said this:
“We generally don’t divulge that information. Some sites want to share where they are and they want to connect people but generally we don’t make that list public and that’s so that they don’t get swamped with lots of questions from people — you know — instead of coming to us where this is our job and we’re paid to do that and it’s also so they don’t get targeted by some of these anti-screening groups.”
The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment was written to protect the rights of parents and students under the possible abuse of mental health programs such as TeenScreen.
There are two ways these rights are protected:
- It makes sure that schools and contractors have any instructional materials available for parental inspection, as long as those materials are used with regards to an ED (U.S. Department of Education) funded survey, analysis or evaluation in which their kids are involved
- It makes sure that schools and contractors get written parental consent before minor students are required to participate in any ED funded survey, analysis or evaluation that would reveal:
- Mental and psychological problems potentially embarrassing to the student and his/her family
- Sex behavior and attitudes
- Recognized privileged relationship such as those between a youngster and a lawyer, doctor or minister
If a student or parent feels his rights have been violated, he or she can file a complaint with ED by writing to the Family Policy Compliance Office.
There is much more to this document, and any concerned parent or student should read it and follow the instructions given within to make sure his rights are not abused.
Psychiatric treatment is a danger to all people, but youngsters are especially vulnerable to an adult “authority” who determines after a cursory examination that the child is afflicted with one of the psychiatrists favorite invented mental diseases.
Parents have rights, and they can demand that their children are not subject to abuse by authoritative government sponsored mental health schemes. The only people who come out ahead in Mental Health in America programs such as TeenScreen are those who make money from inflicting the misery of psychiatric drugs on innocent victims. And children are the most innocent victims of all.