Adolescent Depression

These are the facts


All adolescents should be screened for depression annually using a standardized tool and anytime there are concerns.

Universal screening is especially important for identifying children and adolescents with mild or moderate depression.

  • 27% of Oregon 11th graders had a depressive episode in the last year
  • 70% of children and adolescents with depressive disorders or other serious mood disorders do not receive appropriate diagnosis and treatment
  • 50% of children receive psychosocial surveillance.  <1 in 3 with mental health problems are identified in primary care practices
  • 25% of young people (35 years and younger) were seen by their PCP within one month prior to completing suicide, 60% within the past year
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Oregonians aged 10 to 24


 Adolescent Health Project
START began the second phase of the Adolescent Health Project focused on understanding and case management of teens experiencing depression and/or substance abuse; standardized adolescent depression and substance abuse screening; office-based interventions; local community resources; and patient confidentiality and consent.

Resources & Tools

Community Agencies that support children with behavioral health problems: Education system (school psychologists, counselors, school based health centers), Community mental health clinics, Child psychiatrists/psychiatrists (MD), Child welfare, Juvenile justice system, Early Childhood Services, Developmental Disabilities system, Substance abuse treatment services

211 Info: free information about 3,000 agencies providing over 50,000 programs to people throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington (with Autism or Developmental Delay). English and Spanish information available

Oregon Family to Family Health Information Center: Offers parent to parent support and help navigating the system. Support available for all disabilities. Monthly English and Spanish newsletter. English

CaCoon (CAre COordinatiON) Program: nurses offer home visits in which they provide families with information and skills to coordinate care for their children with complex health conditions.

OPAL-K: provides free, same-day child psychiatric phone consultation to primary care clinicians in Oregon.

OPIP public/private partnership dedicated to building health and improving outcomes for children and youth.

 Parents Med Guide helps parents and doctors help children and teens with depression.





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