Recent studies point to a disturbing trend in the U.S. — 20% of American teens have at least one type of mental health disorder. That equates to well over 8 million teenagers having a mental disorder that impacts their everyday lives. With suicide being the second leading cause of death among teenage boys, you can see these statistics have serious consequences.
Many of these teens turn to self-destructive behaviors as a means to cope with their internal problems and issues because their brains are still developing and don’t yet have all the tools to handle these stresses. Behavioral professionals refer to teens in this situation as “troubled teens”.
These patients are our focus at Monuments.
What behaviors will these teens pursue?
When you think of self-destructive behaviors, they are not all internally directed. These behaviors can include aggressive, impulsive, and desperate actions such as destroying property, abusing harmful substances, and committing different forms of self-harm or mutilation. Drug use is a way to self-medicate to avoid dealing with their problems.
Unfortunately, up to three quarters of parents of teens in these situations don’t seek treatment for their children.
Need to get away for effective treatment
Counseling is the first step to helping a troubled teen, but one-on-one or group therapy isn’t usually sufficient. These teens almost always require a more intensive, long-term form of residential therapy. These are called “therapeutic boarding schools.” Therapeutic boarding schools are specialized facilities for troubled teens that have characteristics of both residential treatment facilities and traditional boarding schools. These schools provide intervention into the teenager’s situation with the goal of restoring and improving his or her overall life. Therapeutic boarding schools also provide academic restoration to enable the teenager to successfully reenter school at the completion of the treatment.
Therapeutic boarding schools
These are schools where the students reside and receive academic training, but more importantly they receive therapeutic treatment. These facilities offer 24/7 psychiatric care and academic restoration to troubled teens between the ages of 12-17.
Monuments is an accredited top-tier therapeutic boarding school that both parents and teens can believe in. We specialize in a variety of psychiatric, behavioral health, and therapeutic intervention strategies (wilderness heuristic learning, equine therapy, among others) in addition to providing outdoor adventure therapy.
If you have a teenager who you think could benefit from the care and treatment we provide at Monuments, please give us a call, (800) 559-1980.