What is it about?

The paper summarizes discussions from mental health professionals, researchers, educators, persons with lived experience, and other experts about creating a new tool for youth to ask about mental health symptoms and link to mental health care in school and medical settings across the United States.

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Why is it important?

Youth and providers still face a number of obstacles for understanding their symptoms and finding mental health care. Improving screening and linking to mental health care efforts in the United States is more important than ever, given increasing mental health concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The paper discusses how we can create a tool that would attempt to overcome these obstacles and improve screening and linkage to care for youth in the U.S.


This paper is an exciting new initiative with an incredible team of colleagues. We are currently working on next steps to bring this initiative to life!

Nicole Karcher
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

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This page is a summary of: Youth Mental Health Screening and Linkage to Care, Psychiatric Services, July 2023, American Psychiatric Association,
DOI: 10.1176/appi.ps.202200008.
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