Adolescent Care

Millions of teenagers across the country struggle with depression, anxiety and other behavioral health issues. It can be the most heart-wrenching and confusing time a parent will ever face. Maybe bullying, peer pressure, a substance use disorder or family issues are affecting your teen and holding them back from reaching the developmental milestones that will guide them into adulthood. We’re here to help.

A Path to Recovery

A staggering 20 percent of people age 13-17 live with a mental health condition, and 50 percent of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14. Our Adolescent Program is designed for young people who need treatment for mental, emotional or substance use problems. It helps our most vulnerable patients learn how to identify and change distorted thinking, communicate effectively in relationships, and regain control of their lives. SUN’s team of experts is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, partnering with teens and their families to help them map a journey to improved health and happiness.

If your teen is experiencing any of the following, we can help:

  • Depression, sadness and hopelessness, perhaps from being bullied at school
  • Struggles with substance abuse
  • Self-harm, thoughts of self-harm or suicidal ideations
  • Behavioral problems such as a significant decline in grades or skipping school
  • Poor impulse control
  • Mood instability
  • Auditory or visual hallucinations
  • Anxiety or panic attacks
  • Hyperactivity, hypervigilance, paranoia or delusions

Inpatient Program

In some situations, especially when teens are a danger to themselves or others, they may benefit from the comprehensive support and structure of inpatient care. During this period, they receive the attention and treatment necessary to get back on a path of wellness.

  • Patients receive medical and clinical assessments
  • Group and individual sessions focus on current issues, cognitive therapy, and healing and moving forward
  • A treatment plan and team consisting of psychiatric and medical specialists and therapists

Group Outpatient Program for Adolescents

Our Day Adolescent Outpatient Program provides structured therapeutic day treatment to address emotional and behavioral management including anxiety, poor impulse control, depression, self-harm or thoughts of self-harm, and substance use. The program is five days a week — Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Program Benefits

  • Improved coping mechanisms and communication skills
  • Increased ability to navigate crisis situations effectively
  • Increased positive self-image, social skills, and self-esteem
  • Peer Collaboration

Group Therapy Components

  • Daily Process Group (to work through current issues)
  • Stress management and life skills development
  • Problem-solving
  • Goal-setting
  • Daily Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) or Relapse Prevention Group

All of SUN’s treatment programs include these key components:
  • Psychiatrists and nurse practitioners
  • Compassionate, around-the-clock nursing care
  • Safety empowerment system to develop internal control
  • Mindfulness
  • Commitment to academic enrichment
  • Family therapy and parent/adolescent interactive therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for adolescents
  • Emotional Regulation Training (ERT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Family-centered safety planning
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Collaboration with outpatient providers
  • Aftercare planning for continued recovery