Services for Teens At Risk (STAR-Center)
is a program that combines clinical and outreach services designed to combat the problem of adolescent suicide. Our mission is to offer state-of-the art, responsive care for youth and their families with depression, anxiety, or who are at risk for suicidal behavior, to train other professionals in best practices, and to make these practices better through continued research. STAR-Center is committed to the integration of education, prevention, treatment and research in order to offer the best care for our youth.
2015 STAR-Center Conference - Webinar Now Available
"Understanding Adversity and Helping Youth to Overcome it"
May 1, 2015
Keynote Addresses by:
Dr. David Brent and Dr. Mary Margaret Kerr
In The News
On September 18th, 2014, Dr. David Brent, M.D., Director, STAR-Center, testified on Capitol Hill at the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing entitled “Suicide Prevention and Treatment: Helping Loved Ones in Mental Health Crisis.”
A Message from STAR-Center
In the aftermath of the most recent school tragedy we hope that you find the following resources helpful to share with students, parents and fellow professionals in the weeks and months to come. In addition to including resources related to the event we have also included general materials related to supporting youth and caregivers following trauma, promoting mental health awareness and enhancing school safety. Do not hesitate to contact us, to discuss your concerns or to explore additional resources.
Act 71 Information
What is Act 71 of 2014?.
Act 71 was passed in 2014 as House Bill 1559. The law requires every school district in Pennsylvania to:.
1. Submit to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) a set of policies and procedures for suicide prevention in their district. Act 71 outlines what is required within this policy..
The 2016 PSA Contest for Youth Suicide Prevention is now open!
This annual program is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative. High school students from Pennsylvania submit public service announcements(PSA) focused on youth suicide prevention,warning signs, and encouraging help-seeking behavior.
Continue reading for how your school can participate.