The disruption that a mental health condition invariably creates in the family is addressed through a comprehensive partnership between our clinical staff and the loved ones. At Polaris residential treatment center, we encourage all families to participate in their loved one’s treatment by being part of our weekly family groups and family therapy sessions, Family members benefit from our extensive resources while their loved one is recovering at Polaris.
Here are some helpful website links on teen mental health for family members:
1.) The National Institute of Mental Health is an excellent educational resource for basic information for parents of teens who have been diagnosed with a mental illness or have a child who is suspected of having a mental illness. Their Fact Sheets provide straightforward scientific-based information and data that will help parents separate adolescent mental health fact from fiction and rumor. Publications include:
· Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents (Fact Sheet) – Learn about how depression affects children and adolescents and the direction of future research.
2.) Helpguide.org is an online resource started by Robert and Jeanne Segal in 1999 after the suicide of their daughter, Morgan, at age 29. The Segals started the website to help other parents who are grappling with adolescent issues such as depression According to the site, “… this website has grown from a small local project to one of the world’s premier mental and emotional health websites.”
3.) The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry provides “Facts for Families,” an online information resource for parents on a wide variety of behavior issues, including teens with eating disorders. This link is to the alphabetical list of Facts for Families topics:
4.) The National Eating Disorders Assn. (NEDA) is “the leading non-profit organization in the United States advocating on behalf of and supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. The problem cannot be ignored. Studies on teen eating disorders have shown that:
· Anorexia is the third most common chronic illness among adolescents.
· Over one-half of teenage girls and nearly one-third of teenage boys use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting, and taking laxatives.
Polaris Teen Center is an adolescent residential treatment center that provides a safe haven for healing and growth for adolescents. Here, we help them begin building a new foundation of lasting recovery through healthy lifestyle paths. Our mission at Polaris is to foster meaningful changes by empowering individual growth in areas of communication, self-care, autonomy, responsibility, and compassion for others. Our individual client focus helps replace old self-destructive and self-defeating behaviors with a healthy attitude that reflects honor, renewed optimism, dignity, confidence and a strong sense of self.
Our teen rehab program provides an environment that supports healing within the whole family by involving parents and loved ones in the treatment process. We are dedicated to each individual’s future goals and ongoing recovery.
Many teen treatment centers claim to provide individualized treatment. Polaris, however, offers truly individualized care because our residential clients are limited to six. As a highly focused adolescent mental health facility, our team develops an invaluable awareness of the unique qualities of each person and adjusts to individual needs.
Polaris Teen Center provides high quality care in order to comprehensively treat psychological, behavioral, social, and emotional difficulties. Our expert staff is qualified to treat individuals with: