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Controversial mental health program closes down

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8100 (Published 27 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8100
  1. Jeanne Lenzer
  1. 1New York

A “model” program that was part of a controversial plan to screen all US citizens for mental illness has announced that it is closing down.

On 15 November, TeenScreen, a program to detect depression in young people, announced on its website: “The National Center will be winding down its program at the end of this year.”

TeenScreen was endorsed by the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, which was established by the former US president George W Bush in 2002.1

The commission recommended that “consumers of all ages,” including preschool children, …

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