Suicidal ideations are chronic thoughts, fantasies, or ideas that a person experiences about ending his or her own life. These thoughts can range in severity from fleeting considerations to the development of detailed plans. Much of the time, suicidal ideation does not include the final act of killing oneself, although there are some cases in which the ideations become so prominent and overwhelming that the person does follow through in making an attempt. Some of these attempts may be deliberately designed to fail or they may be carefully planned in order to succeed. Therefore, suicidal ideation must always be taken seriously because the line between thoughts and actions can be crossed at any time.
At Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital, we recognize the extreme sensitivity that surrounds the presence of suicidal ideation, which is why we have tailored certain aspects of our treatment programs to meet the unique needs of people who are struggling with these devastating thoughts. We make it our goal to provide everyone who comes to us for treatment with the highest quality of care in a comfortable and compassionate environment. Our 71-bed hospital has been completely renovated, with each unit undergoing a full remodel. All of the furnishings throughout our facility are new, which allows us to proudly offer a clean and modern atmosphere for our clients while they receive treatment in the least restrictive environment possible.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you have a family member or loved one who you believe is experiencing suicidal ideation, you are most likely feeling extremely frightened. Watching someone that you love and care about struggling through such strong emotional turmoil can be heart-wrenching, and you may feel powerless as to what you can do to help. But there are some ways in which you can immediately intervene, as listed in the following:
- Ask specific questions in order to find out what exactly is going on that is causing your loved one to feel so much inner pain.
- Truly listen to what your loved one tells you. Do not automatically try to provide reasons why he or she should not be feeling that way. (In other words, do not say things like, “it will all be okay” or “you have so many positive things going for you,” etc.)
- Suggest that your loved one seek treatment and encourage him or her by ensuring that you will support him or her throughout the entire process.
- Immediately call 911 if you believe that your loved one is at risk for making a suicide attempt.
If you are concerned that your loved one may be experiencing these negative thoughts and feelings, but have not heard him or her actually verbalize such ideations, here are some warning signs to look out for so that you are prepared to act:
- He or she is constantly depressed
- He or she is spending more time alone than with other people
- He or she has started to give away personal belongings
- He or she has made fleeting comments like, “It’s not even worth it anymore” or “I wish I could leave this earth”
- He or she has begun to participate in more risky behaviors
- He or she has access to lethal means, such as medications, guns, knives, etc.
If your loved one has verbalized intent, it is imperative that you take him or her seriously and do not automatically assume that he or she is simply seeking attention.
Why Consider Treatment at Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital
When the presence of suicidal ideations go unaddressed, they will likely only became more exacerbated. People who are experiencing these thoughts and feelings are likely to become more withdrawn and feel more isolated because they may believe that no one cares enough to notice the pain that they are suffering from. Suicidal ideations can quickly overwhelm a person’s mind and cause him or her significant distress and a decreased ability to function appropriately on a daily basis. Furthermore, the demoralized sense of self that these individuals may develop might lead them down a dangerous path of drug and alcohol abuse. Tragically, when left untreated and unaddressed, these ideations also have the strong potential of leading a person to make suicide attempts that can result in death.
Acute inpatient treatment programs have been known to be an extremely beneficial way of thoroughly treating the presence of suicidal ideation, while also addressing the underlying reasons for why the preoccupation with suicide exists. Inpatient programs are able to assess and determine each individual’s exact needs and develop treatment plans that are tailored to meet those unique needs. Clients will be provided with around-the-clock care in order to help ensure their safety while also having someone on hand to talk to 24/7 whenever their ideations occur. Inpatient programs also allow people to step away from the stresses of their everyday lives in order to focus solely on their recovery.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital, we recognize that our clients have walked a long path before reaching our doors and that they have faced a variety of trials along their journey. It is our mission to accept the responsibility as the destination of that journey, and we commit to giving one hundred percent of ourselves in effort and training in order to become experts in our field so that we can provide exceptional treatment and therapeutic programming in a safe environment. Our goal is to send our clients from our door onto the path to full recovery with the confidence they need to be successful.
Types of Treatment Offered at Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital
Upon arriving at Greenleaf, each client will participate in a comprehensive evaluation in order to provide our staff with all of the information necessary to determine his or her exact treatment needs. Once this assessment process is complete, it will be reviewed by one of our psychiatrists in order to determine the appropriate level of care and to confirm admission. Our approach to treatment is client-centered, and all of our programs are designed to meet the individual needs of our clients through a compassionate approach that is led by a multidisciplinary team of highly trained psychiatrists and mental health professionals. Some of the treatment methods that we use here at Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital include:
Medication management: In many instances, medications such as anti-depressants are included in the process of treating people who are suffering from suicidal ideations. Medication can also be used to treat any co-occurring disorders that may exist. Clients who are prescribed medication will meet with a psychiatrist daily to ensure the therapeutic effectiveness of the medication, as well as to make any changes that may be necessary.
Individual therapy sessions are held on an as-needed basis and are meant to be a time where clients can meet privately with a therapist in order to confront the emotions they are experiencing and work towards developing coping skills and the other tools they need in order to help control their thoughts.
Group therapy sessions are held four times each day and cover a wide variety of topics. Some of the major topics that are discussed during these group sessions include learning how to manage anger, learning how to manage stress, learning how to effectively express emotions, and developing appropriate communication and life skills.
Family therapy sessions are held on an as-needed basis with the amount being increased or decreased depending upon the client’s individual treatment plan. Additionally, we offer educational sessions to the family members of our clients in order to help them learn more about suicidal ideation and guide them in how they can best support their loved one.
Recreational therapy is held once a day for adults and is meant to be a time where individuals can have a chance to participate in physical activities such as playing tennis and basketball, or using our pool and gym facilities.
We also pride ourselves in the fact that we have working relationships with mental health providers outside of our hospital. We allow outpatient therapists to come in and meet with their clients while being treated in our hospital, adding to the comfort level that we strive to provide for those in our care.
Depending upon one’s specific treatment plan, A.A. and N.A. meetings are also offered once per week.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital, we offer outpatient treatment options for clients who are ready to step down from an inpatient level of care. We provide separate outpatient tracks, including one for substance abuse and one for mental health concerns. Our partial hospitalization program (PHP) is designed to treat adults and meets for four hours a day. Partial hospitalization programming typically lasts for a period of 2-4 weeks and offers group sessions that cover topics such as coping skills, relaxation, and anger management. During these programs, clients are also provided with weekly sessions with their therapist and weekly meetings with a psychiatrist for medication management when appropriate. Some clients, however, might find that they are ready to return home. When the time to discharge from any of our programs approaches, we work to set our clients up with outpatient therapists and outside aftercare programs, as well as to help identify any appropriate community resources that may be beneficial to their healing process. Additionally, we offer an aftercare program every Thursday that is designed specifically to check in on clients who have been discharged from our programs.