Youth Mental Health

Thousands of young people in our region are affected by addiction, homelessness, abuse and neglect. For more than a year, the Nine Network has been working in partnership with the St. Louis County Children’s Service and nearly 30 agencies on an initiative called Youth at Risk. Together, we are providing information and connections to available services that can help young people and their families deal with conditions that not only threaten the health and future hopes of our young people, but also threaten the welfare of our entire region.


Youth at Risk began with a Town Hall that brought the community together to hear from young people, parents and experts working on the ground. This live broadcast on Nine PBS raised awareness and understanding about the causes and consequences of conditions that put our young people at risk. And throughout the initiative, the Nine Network has collaborated with the partner agencies to tell stories that illustrate the risks and make connections to services and resources for those who need help.


Many factors can put the mental well-being of young people at risk. And the stigmas associated with mental health issues often stand as barriers to those who need help.


The Nine Network of Public Media and the St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund have joined forces to create better understanding of mental health issues and to increase utilization of free and affordable services available to young people and their families.


Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid

General Health, Youth Mental Health | 22 May 2013

Mental Health First Aid helps identify signs of mental illnesses & substance use disorders. Continue Reading

Watch the Youth at Risk Town Hall

Youth Mental Health | 22 October 2012

The Nine Network’s Youth at Risk Town Hall was a discussion with a panel of experts and an audience of service providers, teens, parents and teachers addressing youth mental health issues like homelessness, addiction, abuse and neglect. Continue Reading

Living St. Louis – Almost Home

Youth Mental Health | 22 October 2012

From Living St. Louis, Producer Anne-Marie Berger profiles Almost Home, a shelter and transitional housing program for homeless and abused teenage mothers and their children. Continue Reading

Substance Abuse, A Parent’s Perspective

Youth Mental Health | 22 October 2012

When William Hudson’s son first got involved with drugs, he and his wife had no idea. As time passed, their son went from being a user to an addict. Continue Reading

Youth at Risk – Why Should We Care?

Youth Mental Health | 22 October 2012

Many people don’t realize that that the mental health of children, even those we will never know, can affect an entire community. Continue Reading


Our Region’s Health

The Nine Network is working in partnership with organizations across our region to build a healthy community by addressing critical issues and connecting people with the resources and information they need.

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