SAHM Position & Statement Papers
Financing Mental Health Services for Adolescents: A Position Paper of the Society for Adolescent MedicineMental health is essential for normal adolescent development. When adolescents’ mental health is compromised, adolescents, their families, their communities, and society all bear a heavy burden. Mental health services are essential for adolescents having problems in this area. However, problems related to financing continue to limit many adolescents’ access to mental health services in the United States .
Suicidality in adolescents being treated with antidepressant medications and the black box label: Position paper of the Society for Adolescent MedicineRecent attention has focused on the use of antidepressant medications in the treatment of depression in children and adolescents. The United States (U.S.) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has required manufacturers to include a “black box” warning label on antidepressants that alerts health care providers and consumers to an increased risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in children and adolescents being treated with these medications (FDA Public Health Advisory: Suicidality in Children and Adolescents Being Treated with Antidepressant Medications.