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Because mood disorders substantially increase the risk of suicide, suicidal behavior is a matter of serious concern for clinicians who deal with the mental health problems of children and adolescents. The incidence of suicide attempts reaches a peak during the mid adolescent years; the mortality rate from suicide increases steadily through the teenage years.
Currently, the Foundation is working with the C.A.R.E. organization in North Dallas, Landon School in Maryland and the Adolescent Depression Awareness Program (ADAP) at the Johns Hopkins Medical Center.
In 2007, the C.A.R.E. (Chemical Awareness, Education and Research) organization implemented within its organization the voluntary Teen Screen Program developed by Columbia University. This program is used to identify youth at risk of depression. Through the efforts of Susan Hutchinson, director at C.A.R.E., the program is now offered to the students of Highland Park High School. With parental consent, every student can be screened for risk factors related to depression and other mood disorders.
With funding made possible by the Foundation, the Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland provided several depression education forums. In January 2007, Landon offered to school parents an evening presentation on adolescent depression, given by Karen Swartz, M.D., director of clinical programs at the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center. The program received noteworthy response as evidenced by the over 200 people in attendance.
In the spring of the same year, Landon fully implemented John Hopkins ADAP (Adolescent Depression Awareness Program) program into their Health and Life Skills curriculum. The ADAP program is taught in the health classes and teaches the student the medical reality of this disease.This was and continues to be taught by Landon educators who volunteer their time to attend training programs by Johns Hopkins Hospital.
In the fall of 2007, Landon hosted two further presentations, the first tailored towards faculty and staff members of the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington, D.C. (AISGW) while a second presentation was adopted for upper school student peer leaders of AISGW member schools.
Through the cooperation of private individuals and organizations, the DRP Foundation continues to make great progress toward educating youth and their parents how to treat and prevent mood disorders in adolescents.
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