Document Type: Letter to Editor

Authors

1 1Lane Fox Unit, Sleep Disorders Centre, Guy’s and St Thomas’ , HS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom; 2Department of Asthma, Allergy and Lung Biology, King’s College London, London, United Kingdom

2 Institute of Medical & Biomedical Education, St George’s,University of London, London, United Kingdom

3 Institute of Medical & Biomedical Education, St George’s, University of London, London, United Kingdom

Abstract

Our informal survey prompted us to suggest a more radical approach; whereby, at peak levels of stress, students are screened with validated anxiety and depression scores. This would work two-fold: firstly by encouraging the student to reflect on their own, perhaps ignored symptomatology; but secondly, by providing universities with information, and trends, to identify and approach students who might be at risk. Utmost sensitivity and confidentiality are paramount in making this successful, but we are unaware of any previous implementation of this technique. We urge its consideration when renewing school health policy.

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