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Mental Health in Children, Teens, and Young Adults

Children, teens, and young adults are increasingly struggling with their mental health, a critical aspect of overall well-being. A US survey found 87% of young people have experienced mental health challenges at some point, and almost 50% have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder.  During these formative years, individuals undergo significant physical, cognitive, and emotional development, making them particularly vulnerable to the effects of mental health challenges. Factors such as environmental stressors, traumatic experiences, and social influences can all contribute to the onset of mental health disorders or difficulties in managing emotions and behavior. Recognizing the signs of mental health issues is essential for early intervention and support, as untreated conditions can disrupt development, impair academic and social functioning, and increase the risk of long-term mental health problems.

Effective support for mental health in children, teens, and young adults requires a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary approach that addresses biological, psychological, and social factors. At Thornwell, this may include access to individual and family therapy, the Lyght grief therapy group, substance abuse group therapy, and specialized parent education and support based on Trust-Based Relational Intervention. Our Building Families, Strengthening Families, and ARC Residential Care programs prioritize intervention, holistic support, and prevention efforts to empower children, teens, and young adults to thrive and reach their full potential.

To speak with a thought leader on mental health in children, teens, and young adults, contact our Thornwell Media Relations Team below.


Addie Sheek

Director of Marketing and Communications

Boe Baker

Content Development Manager

Kaley Lindquist

Program Marketing and Recruitment Specialist

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