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Mental Health and Illness

Mental Health Programs for Young Adults

Yellowbrick, located on the North Shore of Chicago in Evanston, serves as a national mental health center of excellence specializing in the treatment of troubled adolescents, emerging adults and their families. Yellowbrick offers an integrated spectrum of specialized mental health and wellness services including expert consultation and assessment, supported living platforms, state of the art neuroscience, research-based psychotherapy strategies, and life-skill interventions; within a sober, supportive peer community making effective use of the multiple resources and opportunities within the Chicagoland area.

The mental health treatment model is guided by an understanding of the essential developmental challenges of emerging adulthood combined with neuroscience research regarding the functioning of the brain in health and mental illness. Yellowbrick recognizes that trauma is often at the core of the initiation and maintenance of psychiatric suffering and mental Illness. Trauma places the brain's threat response and danger detection systems on alert, often disrupting basic mental health and wellness physical patterns such as sleep and nutrition. Traumatic reactions undermine cognitive processing and interfere with new learning and consolidation of new memories. Yellowbrick's developmental neurobiological model of mental health treatment offers an integrated multi-modal approach to quieting the limbic threat response system such that emotional healing and skill development can proceed more effectively.

Yellowbrick’s trauma informed developmental neurobiological model allows for effective treatment of a broad range of psychiatric diagnosis including:

  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • PTSD
  • Compulsive behavior disorders; addiction
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Eating disorders and disorders of a troubled relationship between body and self
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), NVLD, executive function & autism spectrum
  • Psychosis

Please see Yellowbrick’s Outcome Report for details on the effectiveness of our model from 13 years of working with troubled young people from Chicagoland and across the country.

At Yellowbrick, mental health treatment for young adults occurs in “real time” and incorporates community involvement. We empower emerging adults in finding and following their interests. By partnering with family, professionals, and community organizations, emerging adults have a rare opportunity to receive therapeutic services while making meaningful and productive connections with others. The majority of young adults in our mental health care programs either attend school, hold a job, or volunteer in the community.

If you or someone you know is suffering from mental illness, please use our confidential contact form to send us a message. Our Assessment Center will respond to you as promptly as possible.

At Yellowbrick, emerging adults find their way home.

For more information, please contact Yellowbrick at 847-869-1500.