Adolescence is a time of change: physiological, psychological and socio-cultural. With change comes stress and anxiety. Mood swings are common among teens and if you add depression, mental illness or substance abuse to the mix, tragedy is too often the result.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among adolescents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This fact was brought home to the local community in late 2009 and early 2010, when the City of Palo Alto experienced a series of teen suicides. The community searched for solutions, and it became obvious to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) that the health care providers needed to reach at-risk teens more effectively.
Mental Illness and Adolescence
According to the National Institutes of Mental Health, half of all mental illnesses manifest by age 14 and three-quarters by age 24. Despite this early onset, most people delay getting treatment for at least 10, and up to 30 years. Read More about PAMF, Local Alliance Addressing Suicide Risk, Depression in Teens
How do you motivate teenagers to develop good habits that will keep them healthy their whole life long? Use their favorite communications method to motivate them – a cell phone! That’s why the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) has partnered with Vivecoach, a Silicon Valley-based online and mobile health application developer, to create and launch a new award-winning online health and wellness program – called WAY2GO! – designed specifically for teenagers.