SAN DIEGO, Calif., Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) offers comprehensive, age-appropriate behavioral health and early intervention services specifically tailored towards the unique needs of kids and teens at the new FamilyHealth-Youth Counseling Center (FH-YCC). In its first year, the youth behavioral health site provided integral care to more than 12,000 young patients.
With the youth behavioral health program, FHCSD hopes to address the rising prevalence of mental illness among children and adolescents. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five youth between 13 and 18 years old have or will have a serious mental illness, and approximately 50% of those cases begin by the age of 14. Around 37% of mentally ill youth drop out of high school and 70% of youth involved in the juvenile justice system live with a mental illness.
Among LGBTQ youth, these numbers are even higher. They are six times more likely to experience depression than the general population. According to the Trevor Project, LGBTQ youth are three times as likely to contemplate suicide as their heterosexual peers and five times as likely to have made an attempt. FH-YCC’s programs address not only issues like depression, ADHD and behavioral disorders, but also difficult adjustment periods, coming out and grief.
FHCSD CEO Fran Butler-Cohen said, “We are proud of the work FamilyHealth-Youth Counseling Center does to support our youth and foster a brighter future for all of San Diego.”
Through early intervention, comprehensive treatment plans and support for the whole family, FHCSD hopes to improve these health outcomes among the San Diego youth who need it most. For more information, visit our Youth Behavioral Health Services page or call (619) 515-2382.
About Family Health Centers of San Diego
Family Health Centers of San Diego has been an integral part of San Diego County’s health care safety net for nearly five decades and is proud to be one of the largest, private, nonprofit networks of community clinics in the nation. FHCSD’s mission is to provide affordable, high-quality health care and supportive services to everyone, with a special commitment to uninsured, low-income and medically underserved persons. More information is available at www.fhcsd.org.