Donate to Behavioral Health Care for Teens Research, Patient Care and Education

Northwestern Medicine provides an exceptional approach to treating teenagers struggling with psychological and psychiatric issues. The program was designed specifically for teens ages 13-18, who need intensive assistance on their journey toward positive mental health.

When you contribute to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you become an integral part of helping teenagers receive the help that they so desperately need.

More than 20 percent of teenagers aged 13-18 struggle with a mental health condition. 11 percent of adolescents have a mood disorder, ten percent have a behavior disorder and eight percent have an anxiety disorder. Seventy percent of youth in the juvenile justice system have a mental illness. Most alarming is that suicide is the leading cause of death in youth ages 10-24. Protect our youth. Please make a contribution today to help Northwestern Medicine continue its crucial programs for teens struggling with psychological problems, and find answers for these young patients with behavioral health issues.

Northwestern Medicine provides a complete selection of care tailored to the needs of teens that are currently confronting difficulties, such as:

  • Depression, bipolar illness
  • Stress disorders, for example, panic attacks and obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • School avoidance behaviors
  • Self-harming behaviors
  • Trauma-related ailments
  • Grief and loss problems
  • Family disasters

Northwestern Medicine has a range of choices in outpatient care to assist adolescents as they face psychological or re-occurring substance abuse problems. If a patient needs immediate emergency attention for a sudden or serious emotional problem, Northwestern Medicine also provides the best in short-term medical care.  When you financially support Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you are making an investment in the mental health of our future at Northwestern Medicine.

Northwestern Medicine helps teens to better cope with problems, change behaviors and return to regular school attendance. The very first step is a comprehensive evaluation by a Northwestern Medicine professional.

Particular issues that contribute to school avoidance may include:

  • Peer relationships and bullying
  • Family problems
  • Anxiety and depression triggered by attending school
  • Performance stress
  • Learning problems

Treatment plans provide a wide range of options that include:

  • Individual and group treatment
  • Anxiety management techniques
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Comfort skills
  • Mindfulness
  • Social skills
  • Exposure treatment
  • Family treatment
  • Psychiatric care
  • Collaboration with faculty staff to coordinate college resources
  • Re-entry into college
  • Discharge planning

Less than half of teens with mental health disorders receive any sort of therapy. The societal stigma continues to surround mental health disorders and finding mental health care is a challenge.

Behavioral Health Care for Teens Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

By making a financial contribution to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you are ensuring that more teenagers will have access to the help that they need.

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