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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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

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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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2015 PSA Contest for Youth Suicide Prevention

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. Continuing reading to see winners for 2015.

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Friday, May 1, 2015
 Services for Teens at Risk (STAR-Center) Conference

Understanding Adversity and Helping Youth to Overcome it

Click here for Conference Program information


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