Adolescent and Teen Unit

Meeting the need for adolescents
Imagine having a child who needs specialized inpatient care for their mental health issue…only to find out the closest place your child can get that care is more than 75 miles away. That was the reality many parents in the Tri-state Region faced.

The Dr. David and Sacia Morris Family Foundation Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit is the only place in the region offering inpatient care for adolescents and teenagers with behavioral health needs. But, for many years it was difficult for them to get their care close to home because our inpatient unit was often full. If there was room, they were in space shared with adults.

Now, adolescents and teenagers benefit from their own unit that was designed with teenagers in mind—from a color-palate that other teenagers helped develop to an abundance of natural light to an outdoor basketball court where patients can just be kids. And can come to heal.

And their parents can rest just a little easier knowing their children are right here…a little closer to home.

Community Collaborations
Gundersen is a partner in community efforts to provide support and treatment to young people and families suffering from depression and mental illness. These partnerships include:

  • The YMCA Community Teen Center:  The Center engages teens and strengthens the community through positive youth development and prevention programs.
  • Kaitlin’s Table Resource Library:  This calm, inviting space offers teens information, support and connections to more resources if needed.
  • Mental Health School Liaison Collaboration: Gundersen Behavioral Health staff is paired with La Crosse schools. By offering care, guidance and support, we help school staff to better meet the mental health needs of students.
Virtual Tour:

Mental health disorders don’t just impact adults. Many of young people in our communities are struggling, too.

Consider this:

  • 2 million young Americans between the ages of 12 and 17 had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.
  • Half of all cases of mental illness begin by age 14.
  • A study of La Crosse high school students found almost 30% self-reported depression symptoms; nearly 15% of those had considered or attempted suicide.
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15 to 24 year olds.
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