New Lenox, IL—As the new school year begins across the state, it’s important to know that many teens and adolescents also face new challenges and difficulties. For many, the stress of starting a new school or the anxiety that comes with difficult classwork may prove too much. The pressures perpetuated by social media also take a toll on our youth.
It’s important for parents and adults to know and recognize the signs of a teen in trouble. School avoidance, irrational behavior, substance use, and general avoidance of responsibilities are all signs an adolescent may need help.
If these signs and symptoms go unnoticed or are not addressed early, this may lead to more serious mental health concerns including suicidal tendencies or self harm behavior.
Teens are at an inherently higher risk for suicide. In Illinois, for every completed teen suicide, there are an additional 100 attempts. The risk for adolescent females is even higher. Case studies have also shown risk for teen suicide increases if there has been a successful completion amongst their peers.
Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital understands the unique needs of teens and adolescents. Led by their Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jyoti Randhawa, a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, Silver Oaks is prepared to help teens and their families find healthy ways to cope and manage with these feelings.
The adolescent inpatient behavioral health program is staffed by licensed mental health professionals with extensive experience. Teens and their families can expect a safe and comfortable environment in which adolescents can express their feelings and openly discuss their mental health.
Our caring staff is committed to ensuring each patient is treated with respect and dignity.
Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital offers free assessments 24 hours a day seven days a week. For more information and to schedule an assessment, call (844) 580-5000.