At-Risk-Youth Treatment Programs
Many social critics argue that today’s troubled teens face more serious and critical risks than any previous generation. Parents are convinced that their children face a major crisis. Most experts will agree that violence in schools, deteriorating family structure, substance abuse, alarming media images, and gang activity put youth at risk.
Troubled teenangers who struggle to cope with the stresses of life are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, engage in criminal activity, are sexually promiscuous, and attempt suicide. Many of these at-risk adolesents run away and eventually find themselves locked up in detention centers or living on the streets
Each year, thousands of at-risk teens are diagnosed with clinical depression. If left untreated or ignored, it can be a devastating illness for the teen and their family. If allowed to continue, depression can lead to attempts at suicide. In high risk teens with depression – that is teens that have threatened or attempted suicide – there are four risk factors that account for more than 80 percent of the risk for suicide. For more information about help for at-risk youth please read our related articles below.
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