Services for Teens At Risk

Welcome to STAR-Center

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.

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Upcoming Webinar – Register Now!

Supporting Emotional & Mental Health of Students with Protracted Concussion

Presented by: David A. Brent, M.D.
Director, Services for Teens at Risk

DATE: Thursday, December 18, 2014
TIME: 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

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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.”

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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.

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Over the summer, Pennsylvania became one of less than 20 other states that require some form of suicide prevention training for their school personnel.

Visit for an update of school suicide prevention statutes across the country.

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STAR-Center provides a monthly parent psychoeducational group, "Parents are Partners" to teach parents about the symptoms, causes and treatments of depression. Additionally, STAR- Center offers bereavement support groups for adults, children and teens. The Survivors of Suicide(SOS/Bereavement Group) does not meet during the summer. We are now accepting new members for our “Winter Session” – January 15, 2015 – March 5, 2015.

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The 2015 Services for Teens at Risk (STAR-Center) Conference will take place on:

Friday, May 1st

(Program information will be available in the coming weeks)


This Website and our services are made available through funding from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania General Assembly.