Suicidal ideation is a term that refers to ongoing thoughts about wanting to end one’s own life. The range of suicidal thoughts can vary from fleeting thoughts, to detailed planning. People may begin to feel as though suicide is the only option for them for a number of reasons as some may develop suicidal ideation after the death of a close loved one, while others may be battling symptoms of an untreated mental illness and know of no other way to cope with their distress. Certain individuals may feel as though they cannot go on living with the emotional pain from past traumatic events or current emotional states. Regardless of why the recurrent thoughts of suicide started, it is imperative that treatment at a hospital or center specializing in suicidal ideation is sought to alleviate this type of distress, as these types of thoughts can rapidly cross the line into actions.
At Options Behavioral Health, we recognize the sensitive nature that surrounds the presence of chronic suicidal thoughts and we are pleased to have been able to help many people who battle these types of devastating thoughts. Options Behavioral Health is an 84-bed, free-standing psychiatric hospital devoted to providing a full continuum of care for adolescents, ages 12 to 18, adults, and older adults who are battling the symptoms of any number of mental health concerns, including suicidal ideation. Through the use of state-of-the-art treatment interventions that are delivered by an experienced team of professionals, individuals at our hospital can learn the tools they need to successfully achieve a brighter future.
Types of Treatment Offered at Options Behavioral Health
At Options Behavioral Health, we offer various levels of programming at our center that are tailored to meet our patients’ specific needs. Our center’s 24-hour physician and nursing staffs are dedicated to not only getting to the cause of the presenting behavioral issues, but also to working with each patient and his or her family to educate them on the necessary steps they should take to prevent or cope with future issues.
The staff at Options Behavioral Health is committed to providing stabilization services to individuals at our hospital who are in need of acute care to treat symptoms that have become exacerbated to the point that they are unable to continue functioning appropriately on a daily basis. When patients come to Options for the treatment of suicidal ideation, they can rest assured that all measures will be taken at our hospital to alleviate the distress that they are experiencing so that they can move on to receive continuing care in a less restrictive environment.
In order to ensure that all of our center’s patients are provided with comprehensive care during their time spent at Options Behavioral Health, the following interventions may be implemented into each patient’s individualized treatment plan:
Medication management: The implementation of any medication will be determined on a case-by-case basis at our hospital, depending upon each individual’s specific needs. Patients who participate in programming at Options Behavioral Health will meet individually with the psychiatrist or nurse practitioner five days each week while enrolled at our hospital for medication management services.
Individualized therapy: Individualized therapy can be very useful for people who are struggling with suicidal ideation as it affords them an opportunity to discuss the ways in which depression has affected their lives in an intimate setting. Our center’s patients are able to discuss possible causes for their suicidal thoughts, process through challenges that may arise while they are in treatment, and celebrate successes that they achieve.
Group therapy: Group therapy is one of the main types of treatment used at Options Behavioral Health. Each day at our center, there are a number of different groups held, including one process group, two activity groups, and between two and four psychoeducation groups. The topics that are discussed and the activities that are partaken in during these group sessions at our center can vary among the different age-specific programs, but may include the following:
- Problem Formation / Solution
- Creating Change
- Coping Skills
- Identifying Patterns
- Anger Management
- Power and Control
- Goals Groups
- Discharge Planning
- Healthy Relationships
- Trust and Respect
- Brain Games
- Reminiscent Therapy
- Arts and Crafts
- Current Events
Family therapy: Family therapy sessions at our hospital are designed to help patients and their family members explore the ways in which the presence of chronic suicidal ideation has affected the family dynamic as a whole. It can also serve as a time to teach family members about suicidal ideation, recovery, and ongoing care, as well as to guide them in learning ways that they can best support their loved ones. Our hospital’s patients will be afforded the opportunity to have at least one family therapy session during their time spent at Options Behavioral Health.
Experiential therapy: Experiential therapy opportunities are offered twice each day at our center and are incorporated into the activity therapy groups that patients participate in. The different types of experiential therapies that our center’s patients may engage in include:
- Music Therapy
- Recreation Therapy
- Expressive Arts Therapy
Recognizing that ongoing care is often essential in facilitating lasting healing from suicidal ideation, the staff at Options Behavioral Health works diligently with patients to develop thorough discharge plans and arrange for aftercare support. The therapists in each program at our hospital facilitate discharge and aftercare planning by assisting patients in scheduling follow-up outpatient therapy sessions within seven days of their discharge. When necessary, psychiatric appointments are also scheduled at the time of discharge. Therapists work with our center’s patients to assess what other types of resources and referrals may be beneficial in their specific situations and will help make those arrangements as well.