Conducting Universal Mental Health Screening for Children and Youth

Depression affects about 20% of adolescents, and teen suicide is the second leading cause of death among people age 10-24 in the United States. Because of the capacity in which they serve youth, OST programs are in a unique position to identify those who are struggling and direct them to the support they need. 

In partnership with colleagues at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW), NIOST can help you conduct mental health screenings for children and youth in your program. WCW Senior Research Scientist Tracy Gladstone is one of the foremost experts in the U.S. on depression prevention and has spent years developing effective, evidence-based programs. She has implemented comprehensive depression education and screening programs for middle school and high school students in Holliston, Massachusetts and Natick, Massachusetts, providing support to schools for prevention, intervention, and access to treatment. 

NIOST can implement mental health screenings tailored to your program and the population you serve. By working together, we can help ensure that children and youth at risk for depression do not fall through the cracks.


    "NIOST has been an anchor for numerous school age care projects we do, including ASQ (After-School Quality) and Links to Learning. They are a nationally respected organization that Pennsylvania has partnered with for over 20 years."

    – Betsy O. Saatman, TA Specialist/SAC Initiatives, Pennsylvania Key

    "NIOST was a core partner in supporting the development of quality improvement systems across the nine cities that participated in The Wallace Foundation Next Generation Afterschool System-Building Initiative. The NIOST team worked well with other technical assistance partners in the initiative, always willing to pitch in and collaborate with others to make our professional learning community meetings a team effort. I truly hope the Foundation has an opportunity to partner with them in the future."

    – Priscilla M. Little, Initiative Manager, The Wallace Foundation


    "NIOST has been a leader in the out-of-school time field for as long as I can remember, and I have relied on their research, tools, and advice to improve my practice throughout my career. Their staff members are good partners and good listeners, and their influence across the country is palpable."

    – Jane Quinn, Vice President and Director of National Center for Community Schools, Children's Aid Society

    "Georgia Hall, Ellen Gannett, and the NIOST team have been instrumental in driving the healthy afterschool movement. Their dedication to quality practice, informed policy, and collective impact is instrumental in our effort to create healthier communities."

    – Daniel W. Hatcher, Director, Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

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