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July 20, 2006
Universal Mental Health Screening for Teens
JOIN THE ON-LINE PETITION AGAINST
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to universal mental health screening is mounting, and the public can take
a simple action to join in.
Controversial, subjective and invasive probing of all teens, billed as
suicide prevention, is the goal of the pharmaceutical lobby and its
activist organizations who thrive on school referrals. EdWatch and other
groups nationally have
opposed federal funding and promotion of the TeenScreen
program. Its defenders insist parents are fully
involved, but the facts suggest otherwise. Last year, the
Rutherford Institute took up the
case of an Indiana couple whose daughter Chelsea was screened without
TeenScreen: One Familys Story)
The school is being sued for conducting a mental health screening
exam on a teenager without parental consent. John Whitehead, president of
The Rutherford Institute, tells parents they should fight the increasing
government violation of family privacy. He recommends informing local
school officials "that you be notified immediately if they are
planning to conduct mental health screening on your children," which
he calls "this encroachment on parental rights." (Click
here to find
a sample letter you may send to the school and an attorney opting your
child out of invasive surveys and screenings.)
- "According to Chelsea, all her friends were told that something
was wrong with them, too. In fact, it seemed that the only students who
werent told they were suffering from some sort of so-called disorder94
were the ones with the opt-out slips. And when Chelseas mom heard about
the events of the day and her daughters diagnosis of OCD and social
anxiety disorder, she immediately took action."
mother, Theresa Rhoades, has launched a website to petition school board
members and state and federal legislators to stop using TeenScreen.
Groups and individuals nationally are promoting the petition, and well
over 5,000 people have already signed on. This is only the beginning.
Mrs. Rhoades plans to present the petition to elected public officials at
all levels. She personally assures EdWatch that names are stored on the
online petition web group, and that they will not be shared with any
is sweeping into our schools. Legislatures are passing plans
to screen the mental health of all pregnant women and all children from
infancy up to 22 years of age during routine physical exams. Treatment
involves massive expansion of the use of expensive, dangerous and
ineffective drugs. Federal money and policies push the system into
alarm on Infant Mental Health
Funds Promote Child Drugging and Screening
DVD is a valuable resource for informing yourself, legislators,
candidates for public office, school board members, and the community
about the enormity of the dangers of this "womb to tomb system"
that is making great inroads into the most sacred areas of our personal
is a live 45-minute professionally videotaped presentation by Karen R.
Effrem, MD, pediatrician, education researcher, and board member of
EdWatch. Included is a brief 7-minute introduction, useful for testimony
in your own state. Dr. Effrem's medical degree is from Johns Hopkins
University, and her pediatric training is from the University of
Minnesota. She has provided testimony for Congress, as well as in-depth
analysis of numerous pieces of major federal education, health, and early
childhood legislation for congressional staff and many organizations. Dr.
Effrem serves on the boards of four national organizations: EdWatch, the
Alliance for Human Research Protection, the International Center for the
Study of Psychiatry and Psychology, and the National Physicians
Center. She has spoken at numerous state and national conferences.
She has been interviewed by or quoted in Wall Street Journal,
WorldNetDaily, NewsMax, newspapers, and radio and television stations
across the country.
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