Checking IN children's mental health
Photo by Cottonbro studio on

Checking IN screens mental health of children with chronic conditions

Checking IN, a web-based pediatric distress screener for patients aged 8 through 21 who have chronic medical conditions, was launched by the Cancer Support Community and its social enterprise, Patient Planning Services.

This evidence-informed screener gives providers insight into the psychological distress that their patients may be experiencing and how parents are perceiving their child’s mindset.

Screenshot 2023 02 03 210306

Galaxy S23 | S23+

Share the epic with our fastest mobile processor ever and enhanced low-light selfies.

Pre-order to get a storage upgrade and more offers.

CSC and PPS have a decade of experience developing and managing adult distress screeners for healthcare providers. With Checking IN, they are responding to a need for mental health screening for younger patients.

Checking IN assesses for symptom interference or suicidal ideation

According to a study published in the journal Cancer Medicine, 48% of children and adolescents with cancer met criteria for anxiety, depression, or both following their diagnosis. Using Checking IN, pediatric patients answer a brief questionnaire that asks them about their emotions and well-being.

The questionnaire uses a format and language that is designed specifically so children can understand and feel comfortable answering. For example, the screener avoids the word “distress”, which children dislike. The real-time responses allow providers to identify which patients are at risk so those patients can be contacted by a mental health clinician in a proactive manner.

Checking IN was developed to address a gap in the existing distress screeners, such as assessing for symptom interference or suicidal ideation. Checking IN has a number of features that distinguish it from existing pediatric screeners, and it provides real-time feedback to the provider.

online 1

Providers found that Checking IN “[elicits] clinically useful and novel information”, according to research done on the screening tool. Checking IN, used in a standard manner with children receiving treatment for chronic conditions (e.g., cancer or other illnesses) may be the best way to facilitate early recognition of psychosocial distress, enhance communication with the treatment team, increase family engagement in care, and ultimately lead to better clinical outcomes. 

Identifying mental health issues before they grow severe

“At CSC and PPS, we understand how important it is to screen people diagnosed with chronic illnesses, like cancer, for distress and connect them to helpful resources as quickly as possible,” said CSC CEO Debbie Weir.

Online therapy

“Children are perhaps the most vulnerable members of this group. Building on CSC’s long experience screening adults, we are thrilled to contribute our extensive knowledge to the extraordinary team that has come together to develop a distress screener that speaks to children in their language through a familiar platform and helps healthcare professionals respond quickly.” 

Developed by researchers in the Pediatric Oncology Branch at the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Mental Health, both part of the National Institutes of Health and using technology from PPS and CSC, Checking IN is an evidence-informed digital distress screening solution for chronic illness in pediatrics.

The tool was launched for cancer, cardiology, and blood disorder patients at Atrium Health Levine Children’s in January 2023 and will become available for 13 additional pediatric specialties over the course of 2023.

“We are excited to launch the Checking IN program across all pediatric specialties,” said Amii C Steele, PhD, division chief of Pediatric Psychology at Atrium Health Levine Children’s Hospital.

“We believe it will create an integrated health model that works to identify mental health issues before they grow severe and to connect pediatric patients to timely mental health services.”

Study Zone Institute - We care for all learners

“As we move out of the research phases and into the clinical realm, our hope is that the systematic use of Checking IN will elicit clinically significant information that can be acted upon by care teams to provide comprehensive and compassionate care to their pediatric patients, as we have seen with our adult patient and caregiver proprietary screeners,” said Cate O’Reilly, MSW, vice president of Patient Planning Services.

To learn more about this initiative, visit:

To learn more about the research behind Checking IN, visit:

About the Cancer Support Community

As the largest professionally led nonprofit network of cancer support worldwide, the Cancer Support Community (CSC), including its Gilda’s Club network partners, is dedicated to ensuring that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.

CSC achieves its mission through three areas: direct service delivery, research, and advocacy. The organisation’s Institute for Excellence in Psychosocial Care includes an international network that offers the highest quality social and emotional support for people impacted by cancer, as well as a community of support available online and over the phone.

The Research and Training Institute conducts cutting-edge psychosocial, behavioural, and survivorship research. CSC furthers its focus on patient advocacy through its Cancer Policy Institute, informing public policy in Washington, D.C. and across the nation. For more information, please call the toll-free Cancer Support Helpline at 888-793-9355 or visit

Screenshot 2022 12 28 181609

Athleta Conscious Crop D-DD+

  • FOR: Yoga, studio, or floor practice
  • FEEL: Powervita™ fabric is buttery soft with support that feels like a gentle hug
  • FAVE: Crop silhouette keeps you breezy during your practice
  • Shop the Ultra High-Rise Elation Tight here
  • $5 for every pink and Empower Bra purchased will be donated to the American Cancer Society to support access to screening and preventive women’s health testing and education*
  • *The American Cancer Society does not endorse any product or service

 About Patient Planning Services

Founded in 2013, Patient Planning Services (PPS) is the social enterprise for the Cancer Support Community. Dedicated to fulfilling the mission of the Cancer Support Community, PPS licenses proprietary programs and technology to hospitals, cancer centers and nonprofits.

Backed by research in digital distress screening, the proprietary measures provided by PPS score distress, provide risk subscales, and offer resources to help providers react and create action around the distress scoring.

PPS works with patients, health care providers and community organisations to provide distress screening and other assessments on a digital platform that allows for both dynamic and static resource allocation in real time while meeting accreditation standards.

Pixel 7

Google Pixel 7

128 GB Smartphone, 6.3″ OLED Full HD Plus 1080 x 2400, Octa-core (Cortex X1Dual-core (2 Core) 2.85 GHz + Cortex A78 Dual-core (2 Core) 2.35 GHz + Cortex A55 Quad-core (4 Core) 1.80 GHz), 8 GB RAM, Android 13, 5G, Snow

PPS has expanded and now provides support for a number of chronic conditions in addition to cancer support.

Nathalie Casthely
Cancer Support Community

– Globe Newswire, Washington


Every month in 2024 we will be giving away one PlayStation 5. To qualify join our Facebook group, TikTok and Subscribe to our Sweet TnT Magazine YouTube channel

When you buy something through our retail links, we may earn commission and the retailer may receive certain auditable data for accounting purposes.

You may also like:

Fight Colorectal Cancer and MiraLAX® partner to spread awareness

Cervical Cancer awareness – fight, support, hope

Pumpkin fights against cancer, diabetes and more

Breast Cancer: Help increase survival rates in 6 steps

What you eat, how it affects your health, and how to change it

Stay healthy by doing these 5 things every day

Three kitchen appliances in one pitcher

The Ninja® Foodi® Power Blender & Processor allows you to blend and power through the thickest ingredients at any speed. Crush, blend, food process, and mix dough all in one versatile pitcher.

Ninja® Foodi® Power Blender Ultimate System with XL Smoothie Bowl Maker and Nutrient Extractor*


Ninja® Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ®


Ninja® Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ®


About Sweet TnT

Our global audience visits daily for the positive content about almost any topic. We at Culturama Publishing Company publish useful and entertaining articles, photos and videos in the categories Lifestyle, Places, Food, Health, Education, Tech, Finance, Local Writings and Books. Our content comes from writers in-house and readers all over the world who share experiences, recipes, tips and tricks on home remedies for health, tech, finance and education. We feature new talent and businesses in Trinidad and Tobago in all areas including food, photography, videography, music, art, literature and crafts. Submissions and press releases are welcomed. Send to Contact us about marketing Send us an email at to discuss marketing and advertising needs with Sweet TnT Magazine. Request our media kit to choose the package that suits you.

Check Also


Could psilocybin be your solution to pain? (replacing opioids)

Pain is a prevalent symptom associated with various underlying conditions, and articulating the experience of …

Boba tea

Boba nutrition facts for the regular boba tea drinkers

So, you consider yourself a boba tea connoisseur – you know what’s good! You reach …

Leave a Reply

Discover more from Sweet TnT Magazine

Subscribe now to keep reading and get access to the full archive.

Continue reading