Juvenile delinquency mental health: ‘They’re not just throwaway kids,’ therapist says. Juvenile delinquents need help


About 70 percent of youth in the juvenile justice system have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder , according to a 2015 report by the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice. The suicide rate among youth in juvenile correctional placement is almost three times that of their counterparts in the general population. And about 90 percent have experienced a traumatic event , such as maltreatment, community violence or traumatic loss.

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