Teen Mental & Behavioral Health

Guiding teens on a path forward

Adolescence isn’t only a time of great physical change. During this time, some teens may begin to experience emotional issues as well. While occasional anxiety or insecurities are common, long periods of depression or social isolation could be a sign of something more serious. These conditions can manifest in harmful ways, such as eating disorders, cutting, drug dependency or suicidal thoughts. Our team of compassionate mental health care providers offer a supportive age-appropriate environment for assessing and treating teens. At Novant Health, you have access to a range of mental health services and resources to help live a healthy life.

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Teen mental health services

Every teen’s emotional experience is unique. That’s why we begin your mental wellness program with an assessment to determine the best approach for you. Novant Health offers many treatment options to support you on your journey, including short-term inpatient, partial hospitalization programs, and psychiatric and counseling programs.

Our board-certified psychiatrists and team of clinical caregivers will work with your teen to identify the underlying issues causing anxiety, stress or depression. They'll create an individualized treatment plan, which may include therapy sessions, coping mechanisms, medical testing and medication.

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Inpatient adolescent mental health treatment

Sometimes the most effective or safest way to treat your teen is through inpatient hospitalization. Novant Health offers short-term inpatient treatment programs for teens through 17 years (or 18, if in high school). We work with you and your family to develop a recovery-oriented mental health program with a structured strategy. Treatment may include:

  • Group therapy
  • Recreational therapy
  • Coping skills training
  • Educational sessions
  • Medication

Conditions we treat

Our mental health experts are trained to treat a wide range of pediatric behavioral health conditions including:

  • Cognitive impairment with behavioral disturbances
  • Severe acute anxiety
  • Severe mood disorders, including depression
  • Severe withdrawal symptoms that can't be managed safely in an outpatient setting
  • Substance dependence requiring inpatient detoxification, including alcohol and benzodiazepines
  • Sudden, intense behavioral disturbances
  • Suicidal intentions

Behavioral Health Child and Adolescent Unit

If you feel your teen's mental health treatment would be best addressed in an inpatient environment, please contact us for more information and to set up an appointment.

Behavioral Health Child and Adolescent Inpatient Unit
200 Hawthorne Lane, 7th Floor
Charlotte, NC

Partial hospitalization program

Our partial hospitalization program is recommended when your teen doesn't require inpatient treatment but still needs a heightened level of care. Teens aged 13 to 17 years can participate in the program, which typically runs for four to six weeks. Your child will work with a team of on-site pediatric mental health specialists, which may include a psychiatrist, therapist, educator, recreational therapist and mental health nurse.

We provide a safe, age-appropriate environment with treatments such as:

  • Individual, group and family therapy
  • Assistance with schoolwork
  • Coping skills activities
  • Medication consultation

Our Charlotte-based partial hospitalization program is available on weekdays: 

Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program
1900 Randolph Road, Suite 402
Charlotte, NC

Refer a patient.

If you're a healthcare provider treating an adolescent and would like to refer them to a Novant Health mental health specialist, please fill out the referral form (find email and fax information on the form).

Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program (Charlotte)
1900 Randolph Road, Suite 402, Charlotte, NC 28207
Phone: 704-384-7001 l Fax: 704-316-9672

Domestic violence support

If you or your child are experiencing domestic violence, you don't have to deal with it alone. Novant Health can help support you.

How domestic violence impacts mental health

Being a victim of domestic violence increases your risk for mental health complications, including depression, suicidal ideation, substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder. The longer the abuse lasts, the worse these problems may become.

Create a safety plan

If you're in an abusive family situation, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence recommends creating a safety plan to reduce your risk of harm.

  • Find a safe place to go in your home if an argument begins. Avoid rooms without an exit or that pose potential dangers, such as a kitchen.
  • Know who to contact in a crisis and establish a code word or sign among trusted family or friends.
  • Memorize all important phone numbers.
  • Always keep money on hand for an emergency.
  • Keep important papers and documents in a place you can easily access, such as your driver’s license, Social Security card, birth certificate, credit cards, and any records of past abuse, including photographs or police reports.

Learn More On the Hotline.org

Contact the Domestic Abuse Hotline

Help is available, and you are not alone. If you or your child are a victim of domestic violence, don't hesitate to contact your provider, a trusted adult, or the Domestic Abuse Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

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