Rising Suicide Rates Among Children Prompt Parkland To Screen Kids As Young As 10

The Dallas hospital system is the first in the nation to screen all patients for suicide risk.

By Stephanie KuoJune 6, 2018 9:30 am| , , ,

From KERA:

In 2015, Parkland Hospital in Dallas became the first major hospital system in the country to screen each and every one of its patients for suicide risk — at each and every visit. In March, the hospital extended those screenings to children as young as 10.

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