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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2016 STAR-Center Conference - Webinar Now Available

"Preventing Teen Suicide: Promise and Practice"

May 6, 2016

Keynote Addresses by:
Dr. David Brent and Dr. Paula McCommons

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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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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..

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5th Annual PSA Contest for Youth Suicide Prevention

We are pleased to announce the start of the 5th Annual PSA Contest for Youth Suicide Prevention sponsored by the Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative (PAYSPI). This year, PAYSPI is partnering with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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Services for Teens At Risk (STAR-Center) 30th Anniversary

 Research Symposium:  An Update on Suicidal Behavior in Youth:  Causes, Treatment, Prevention

May 3 & 4, 2017 – The University Club

 Annual Conference:  Treatment of Suicidal Youth:  A Glimpse into the Future

May 5, 2017 – The William Pitt Union


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