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Screening for Mental Health, Inc. out of Massachusetts, has a program called
"Signs of Suicide" which has been implemented in many public schools across
the country. They receive millions in pharmaceutical funding. Tax records
They are also the ones that came up
with the annual National Depression Screening Day.
Student's Suicide Confession Lands Her In Mental Clinic
February 27, 2007
APOPKA, Fla. -- An Orange County father is furious after school officials
sent his daughter to a mental health clinic.
Jenny Helmick, a student at Wolf Lake Middle School, went to a guidance
counselor and ended up spending the night at Lakeside Alternatives, WESH 2
Her father, Paul Helmick, said the situation started with a movie about
suicide prevention. The movie is part of a district-wide program that
teaches students to ACT; Acknowledge, Care and Tell if they or a friend
shows warning signs of depression or suicide.
Helmick said he believes the school's student resource officer acted way out
of line by invoking the Baker Act, which allows law enforcement to take
someone in for emergency evaluation.
Although she can forget her troubles when riding her go-cart around the
family farm, Helmick said she'll always remember how she ended up at
Lakeside Alternatives, by admitting she had once thought about suicide.
"I was pretty honest and I guess honesty can get you to a good place and get
you in a bad place and at this point I think it's really messed my life up
at this point so far," Helmick said.
Helmick made her confession to Latasha Hanna, the SAFE coordinator at the
middle school, who said she was just taking precautions.
"I never want to gamble with their lives. So when a student comes to talk to
me, I take everything that they say very seriously and try to get them help
if I can," Hanna said.
Helmick's father said it didn't help when the resource officer considered
her a threat to herself and had her admitted to Lakeside.
"If my daughter did say she wanted to kill herself, the right thing for them
should have been to make sure that they held on to that child until a parent
was brought in to that school to meet with them," he said.
Helmick believes the Baker Act that allowed the student resource officer to
take his daughter to Lakeside gives police too much power.
"Keep in mind, a police officer does not have medical experience on telling
me whether my daughter is crazy or not," He said.
Helmick said the movie encouraged her to seek out the SAFE cooridinator
because she felt depressed about problems with bullies. School officials
said they are looking into those problems.
Administrators said there have been four students taken to Lakeside from
Wolf Lake Middle School this year.