"The claim by the director of Columbia University's TeenScreen Program
that her program would significantly reduce suicides is unsupported by
the data. Indeed, such screenings would probably cause more harm than
good. It is impossible, on cursory examination, or on the basis of the
Program's brief written screening test, to detect suicidality or "mental
illness," however we define it. "
Nathaniel S. Lehrman, M.D., former Clinical Director, Kingsboro
Psychiatric Center, Brooklyn NY; former Assistant Clinical Professor of
Psychiatry, Albert Einstein and SUNY Downstate Colleges of Medicine.