Adolescent Unit

Adolescence is a time of growth, change and self-discovery. It is a time when young people learn to be independent and responsible. For many young people, the challenges of adolescence, the stress of peer pressure and the natural changes in body chemistry can intensify mental health issues such depression, anxiety, mood instability and substance abuse. At Friends Hospital, individuals ages 13 to 17 are provided with psychiatric treatment and support so they can begin to identify these challenges, better handle frustrations and choose constructive, healthy alternatives. Families receive education and learn to develop skills to help successfully navigate their teens through these difficult times.

The Adolescent Program at Friends Hospital is designed specifically to treat young adults. A comprehensive assessment, a thorough treatment plan and an accurate understanding of available resources ensures that each adolescent treated at Friends Hospital will be provided with the individualized care and services needed to follow the path towards recovery.

Treatment Team

Drawing on the sensitivity and skills of a multidisciplinary treatment team, the Adolescent Program at Friends Hospital guides teenagers on the path towards self-discovery and healthy choices. The treatment team, consisting of psychiatrists, registered nurses, psychologists, social services, expressive arts therapists, certified addiction counselors and other mental health professionals, works closely with patients and families to create a cohesive and meaningful experience for each patient. Families play a key role in the patient’s success and reintegration after the program is complete.

Program Highlights:

  • A dedicated treatment program specifically designed for young people 13-17 years of age
  • 24-bed acute care psychiatric unit with separate wings for male and female patients (12 for males, 12 for females)
  • Private bedrooms with unit access to an enclosed outside courtyard
  • Treatment for all major psychiatric disorders and co-occurring substance issues
  • Holistic and patient-centered approach, including individual, group and family therapy
  • Individualized treatment, wellness, safety and discharge plans
  • Academic support including an educational assessment and daily educational instruction provided by a certified teacher