Learn how to distinguish between difficult behaviors typical of adolescence and signs of real mental illness, such as depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia in teens.
Typical or Troubled? TM, a national program initiative for high schools, educates teachers and adults who interact daily with teenagers about the warning signs of mental health problems. Paul Burke, executive director of the American Psychiatric Foundation, and Typical or Troubled? TM founder Colleen Reilly discuss the program’s logistics and implementation.
The New York University Child Study Center’s computer-based program, STEPS (Screening, Treatment, and Education to Promote Strength), is designed to help teens and families recognize risk factors such as depression, substance abuse and anxiety, and help improve problem-solving and stress management skills. Program developer Dr. Chris Lucas, associate professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine, and program participants at Tappan Zee High School in New York discuss the program and its benefits.
Janet Susin and Lorraine Kaplan, creators of “Breaking the Silence: Teaching the Next Generation about Mental Illness” (BTS), discuss this educational program designed to teach students about mental illness offered by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to schools nationwide.