Adolescent & Teen Counseling

Adolescent Counseling

Approximately 1 out of 5 adolescents struggles from a diagnosable mental health disorder.  This could include depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.  Unfortunately only half of America’s adolescents get the psychiatric help they need.  Friends and family are encouraged to watch their younger family members for warning signs and to get them help when needed.   Adolescents have unique concerns and challenges that require a specific type of counseling.  This type of therapy often involves incorporating family members as part of the process.

Teen Depression & Development

Teen Depression – This brochure, provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) helps teens understand depression and how it differs from regular sadness. It describes symptoms, causes, treatments, and how to get help…http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/teen-depression/index.shtml

The Teen Brain: Still Under Construction – This brochure will help you learn about changes in the brain that occur during the teen years, and the significance of this stage of development…http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/the-teen-brain-still-under-construction/index.shtml

What Goes on in the Adolescent Brain: In recognition of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on May 8, 2014, parents gathered at Suburban Hospital’s auditorium in Bethesda, MD, to hear the National Institute of Mental Health’s (NIMH) Jay N. Giedd, M.D., chief of the Unit on Brain Imaging in the Child Psychiatry Branch, talk about the developing adolescent brain. The discussion was hosted and moderated by FasterCures…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_A1WFoaVwU

Teen LGBTQ Support & Conversation

The Trevor Project:  Our trained counselors are here to support you 24/7. If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal:  http://www.thetrevorproject.org

or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call the Trevor Lifeline now at 1-866-488-7386.


The Trevor Support Center is a place where LGBTQ youth and their allies can find answers to frequently asked questions, and explore resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity and more! Remember, if you need immediate support or help, Trevor’s counselors are just a phone call, chat, or text away. You are not alone.

The Trevor Project “It Gets Better” video series on YouTube: www.itgetsbetter.org.  Glee’s Chris Colfer shares a very personal message for LGBTQ youth: “I know what it’s like to be bullied and teased every single day and I know that it may seem like there is no chance of happiness left. But I promise you, there is a world full of acceptance and love just waiting for you to find it. So please before you take a drastic action that could be your last, call The Trevor Project.”

Teen Suicide Statistics

Suicide rates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are based on the number of people who have committed suicide per every 100,000 people within the population. While rates are particularly important for taking population size into account and understanding the relative proportion of people affected within different demographic groups, understanding the raw numbers can provide a very different view of suicide rates…http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/suicide/index.shtml

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