Raising Healthy Teens is a program developed for parents of school-aged youth in South Orange County, California, by Mission Hospital, a ministry of Providence St. Joseph Health. The program is part of a three-year strategic initiative to reduce underage substance use in our community. Raising Healthy Teens aims to provide facts and relevant resources you can use for real-life parenting, supporting our belief that positive encouragement and interactions with engaged parents, along with other caring adults, have the greatest impact on healthy youth development.
This article helps families identify resources for obtaining culturally responsive services.
This article provides information about gender identity and how families can support transgender and gender diverse youth.
Graduating from high school and planning for life afterwards is an exciting yet challenging time for many young adults and their families. For teens with psychiatric illnesses, it is particularly important to plan ahead for a successful “launch” from high school to college. This article provides some tips and considerations for students and parents to help prepare for this transition.
“Being a teenager is not easy. Adolescents feel all kinds of pressures — to do well in school, to be popular with peers, to gain the approval of parents, to make the team, to be cool. In addition, many teenagers have other special problems. For example, they may worry about a parent being out of work or the family’s financial problems. Adolescents may be hurt or confused by their parents’ divorce, or they may have to learn how to live with a parent’s alcoholism or mental illness. Despite these pressures, it is important to remember that most teenagers develop into healthy adults.
Unfortunately, some teenagers develop serious emotional problems requiring professional help. This glossary of brief definitions was developed to help teenagers, parents, teachers, and others learn more about the major mental illnesses, symptoms, and mental health issues which affect teenagers. If you or someone you know has a problem in one of these areas, you can get help by contacting one of the organizations listed at the end of this brochure.”