UCSF Young Adult and Family Center

Seventy-five percent of adults with mental illness had symptoms during adolescence, yet only one out of three young people receive the treatment they need.

The University of California, San Francisco's Young Adult and Family Center (YAFC) is among the first academically-based psychiatry programs in the United States dedicated to advancing the understanding and care of transitional aged youth (aged 16–24). The YAFC operates mental health clinics within UCSF's Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics, runs programs in high schools and colleges for mental health awareness and suicide prevention; and pioneers e-therapeutics (e.g., interactive web sites, webcam therapies, text messaging) to disseminate health information, promote behavioral change, de-stigmatize mental illness, and make mental health care more accessible to adolescents and their families.

The Althea Foundation provided start-up funding for the Center's initial programming and has made subsequent donations for its general operations since that time.

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