It’s a tough job to find help for a teenager with mental health or addiction issues. It can leave parents and even educators feeling isolated and overwhelmed.
Just the numbers are staggering. One in five of children age 13 to 18 has or will have a serious mental illness; 11 percent have a mood disorder and 8 percent an anxiety disorder, according to data collected by the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
That’s why we publish TeenLife’s Guide to Therapeutic Programs & Services. Whether you are dealing with a long-term problem or a sudden crisis, we can link you with the services and information you need to find a caring and safe solution for a teenager who’s struggling.
This year’s guide includes information about residential treatment programs; therapeutic and emotional-growth boarding schools; wilderness and outdoor programs; addiction treatment centers; and transitional living facilities.
We have articles describing new recovery programs on college campuses; problems specific to teens who have been adopted; and signs your child’s stress level has hit the danger stage. And we have guidelines from our partners at the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs on how to screen programs and the types of questions you should be asking before admission. You can also seek assistance from an independent educational consultant specializing in “at risk” teens.
We want to reassure you that you are not alone. There are counselors, mentors, teachers and medical experts who can help. Use TeenLife’s Guide to Therapeutic Programs & Services to connect with them and get the teenager you care about started on the road to recovery.