CCHR continues to warn of risks of child mental health screening and violence

Schoolchildren are screened for mental ‘diseases’, marketed as able to prevent homicidal and suicidal behavior, but these have proven unreliable as professionals admit they cannot predict dangerousness.

School children are screened for ‘mental illnesses’, marketed as able to prevent murderous and suicidal behavior, but these have proven to be unreliable

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA, June 21, 2022 / — Following the recent tragic shooting in Uvalde, Texas, there have been calls to increase mental health services and make them more available in schools, even without parental knowledge or consent. According to the mental health industry watchdog, Citizens Commission on Human Rights International, underage students can essentially “go their own” to counselors, unaware of how that might stigmatize or put them in jeopardy. danger. The CCHR said serious risks are being taken with the lives of children and adolescents because screenings can be unreliable, and psychiatrists and psychologists admit they cannot predict future dangerousness or violent behavior.

As CCHR research found, when depression screening, for example, was widely used in American schools, teenagers were subjected to an 84% false positive rate, leading to the prescription of antidepressants. for many of them. Less than a year after federal recommendations for widespread use of this in 2003, the Food and Drug Administration reported that depressed adolescents treated with antidepressants were twice as likely to be suicidal as those treated with a placebo. He issued a “black box warning” in October 2004 that antidepressants prescribed to school-aged children could induce suicide attempts or suicide.[1]

In 2012, when the depression screening program stopped, Professor David Healy, an expert in psychopharmacology, estimated that 90% of school shooters in the previous decade had taken antidepressants.

Today, proponents of mental health screening claim it’s a way to prevent homicidal or suicidal behavior among college students, but cases of mass violence generally show that psychiatric assessments aren’t effective in determining this. and cannot predict future violence.

For example, a grown man was ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation after being found guilty of violently assaulting his girlfriend. The Assessing Psychiatrist’s report admitted that “mental health professionals are unable to accurately predict future dangerousness from a distance”. Therefore, he could not say whether the attacker would “become violent again in the future” but was not a threat to the general public at the time. The man was released from prison after serving less than three of his five-year sentence and later shot and killed five co-workers and injured five police officers in Illinois in 2019.[2]

CCHR’s Texas chapter is in the current heat of the moment for mental health services and child testing in the aftermath of Uvalde, but it notes that Texas legislation “was supposed to make our schools safe in the wake of the santa fe shooting [2018]and “made fundamental changes to our schools through a supposed multi-level support system.” Yet despite mental health education, controversial screenings, students able to “refer” themselves to counselors without parental consent, the recent Texas school shooting happened.[3]

After the monstrous school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland Florida in 2018, schools in Central Florida received millions of dollars for mental health counselors and services in 2019. Even parents received “educational sessions” on mental health, according to a report by the Florida chapter of CCHR.[4]

However, in March 2019, the late Karen R. Effrem, MD, pediatrician, noted, “Following several horrific school shootings – particularly the massacre in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were murdered by a student known for a long time. have mental health issues – states across the country have taken steps to expand mental health screening, treatment and data collection.

Dr. Effram, also president of Education Liberty Watch, continued: Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Safety Act “has expanded mental screening of students by unqualified and poorly trained teachers and other school personnel despite admissions by psychiatric physicians trained for years that they are unable to correct properly. identify known patients with mental disorders who will become violent. The psychiatrist who has studied in depth the story of the Sandy Hook shooter who killed 26 young children and teachers said of the Parkland shooting: “It really means we can’t trust the prediction and the identification of the bad guys.” Because we will misidentify some who are not villains, and we will fail to identify others who might become villains.[5]

CCHR International found many examples of these links or failures between mental health/behavioural or assessment services. In 2021 and 2022 alone, five teenagers and a 21-year-old killed 27 people and injured 18, while four committed suicide.

Robert Pondiscio, Senior Fellow of the American Enterprise Institute, wrote, “Ideas and techniques borrowed from popular psychology have been aggressively inserted into classroom practice, leading to the rise of therapeutic education. Moreover, “social and emotional learning (SEL) has moved ever closer to a central goal of education without a full and proper examination of its role or sufficient discussion of its practices or expectations regarding to its effectiveness.[6]

The CCHR says officials should question the failure of psychological and psychiatric assessments, treatment and screening programs in schools and detention centers as well as threat assessment teams already in place in schools before injecting them with more money. He fears that the “mental health awareness” and treatment offered to students and others could exacerbate potentially violent behavior and, in some cases, even provoke it.

For more information, read the CCDH report on Psychiatric Drugs: Creating Violence and Suicide.

Read the full article here.

[1] “Controversial mental health program shuts down”, BMJ, 2012; 345, [2] Annie Sweeney and Stacy St. Clair, “Aurora’s Mass Shooter in His Own Words: ‘I Acted Out of Rage and Fear’ in Beating Ex-Girlfriend with a Baseball Bat”, Chicago Tribune, 19 February 2022, https://www. [3] [4], quoting: Karen R. Effrem, MD “Several states are seeking to expand invasive mental health screening in schools,” The National Pulse, March 1, 2019, [5] Same. [6] Robert Pondiscio, “Unexamined Augmentation of Therapeutic Education: How Social-Emotional Learning Expands Student Life and Expands Teacher Role,” American Enterprise Institute, October 13, 2021, https://www. reach-the-lives-of-students-and-extend-the-roles-of-teachers/

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