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.