Health-Nursing Domestic Violence/Mental Health Since Thesis

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When left untreated, mental health conditions can lead to school failure, family conflicts, drug abuse, violence, and even suicide. Untreated mental health disorders can be very expensive for families, communities, and the health care system. Teens in rural areas in particular face many challenges for which there are not enough resources available. They face problems such as: isolation, loneliness, and poor access to transportation, increased economic conflict, unemployment, poor housing, divorced families, and a lack of specialized mental health services (Weiss, Battagilia, and Epstein, n.d). Teens often turn toward risk taking behaviors such as alcohol and drug abuse as well as sexual activity when they have no other way to deal with their problems (Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 2003).

Providing a help center for these teens is one way to try and help the youth in these areas. The teen center would be beneficial by providing opportunities for mental health counseling, a nurse run medical clinic, mental health education resources and help with transportation services if needed in order to receive health care. This type of center would help to create jobs for nurses, mental health counselors, social workers and education partners. These providers are all needed in order to provide the services that these young people need in order to live happy, successful lives.
Funding for such a center would be the greatest challenge in trying to provide such services. It would be important to educate the entire community in order to gain support from local organizations as well as applying for any state funding that might be available for the center. Organizing an intensive fundraising campaign is a great way to try and raise the needed money as well.


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