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The MetroWest Daily News

by Brian Benson

April 10, 2015

Teen Depression

Adolescent depression is more common than most teenagers and adults realize. Nearly one in five of Natick High School (NHS) students who took the MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey reported having “depressive symptoms” in the past 12 months. Natick school officials are interested in helping students get the treatment they need but might not seek out themselves. Natick High School is working with MetroWest Health Foundation and the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) on a new program designed to tackle adolescent depression. The program, called “Hey NHS...How are you?,” screens Natick High School students via phone call for signs of depression and indications of suicidal behavior, and refers them to local and online mental health resources based on the results. According to Tracy Gladstone, senior research scientist and director of the Robert S. and Grace W. Stone Primary Prevention Initiatives at WCW, the goal of the initiative is to “increase the mental health literacy of the whole community.”

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