Suicidal ideation is a term for thoughts an individual has about ending their own like. These thoughts, fantasies, ideas, or images can range anywhere from a detailed formulated plan to basic fleeting thoughts, without the actual act of suicide. Furthermore, suicidal ideation can be described in terms of active or passive. Passive suicide ideation includes experiencing vague ideas about committing suicide, where suicide is seen as a possible way to end their pain, but no action is taken. Active suicidal ideation on the other hand, is when an individual experiences consistent thoughts of ending their own life and continues to feel hopeless. With active suicidal ideation individuals will begin to take steps to carry out a suicide attempts. People who face issues with suicidal thoughts and behaviors may have symptoms of depression, hopelessness, severe anxiety, and should always be taken seriously.
StoneCrest Center is a 104-bed acute psychiatric inpatient treatment center for adolescents, adults, and senior adults who are in need of specialized behavioral healthcare services. It is our vision to remain an ever-improving care center and so we strive to redefine the way that mental health treatment is delivered. Our focus is on reintegrating patients back into the community by increasing problem-solving skills, communication skills, coping abilities, and enhancing their self-esteem. Additionally, our compassionate staff is committed to providing a safe, supportive environment for those who entrust us with their care. With our state-of-the-art sensory room, we are the only treatment center in the state that is also able to provide specialized services for individuals with developmental disabilities. If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, the staff at StoneCrest can help you through these dark times, so that you can enjoy life once again.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If someone has been making comments that may indicate they are thinking about suicide, do not take them lightly. Studies have shown that 75% of people who commit suicide first talk about it. While your love may not come right out and say that they think they are going to kill themselves, but they may hint at their intention with doomsday statements and other warning signs. Some clues that your loved one may be considering suicide include:
- Giving away ones belongings
- Talking about going away forever or saying goodbye
- Talking about death more frequently
- Look for ways in which to kill oneself
- Dramatic mood changes
- Persistent hopelessness
- Isolation and withdrawal
If you notice these signs in your loved one you may feel lost as to what you can do to help. Suicide is preventable and if you arm yourself with the right information and insight you may be able to save a loved one’s life. By learning what treatment is available and encouraging your loved one to seek professional help you can get them through this difficult time. Here are some steps for getting your loved one the treatment they need.
- Fully educate yourself before approaching your loved one
- Set aside some quiet, uninterrupted time to talk to your loved one about your concerns, telling them how much you love them
- Be prepared for defensiveness and barriers
- Be gentle, but direct during your discussion
- Ask your loved one directly if they have been considering suicide
- Listen with empathy and respect
- Share the resources and information you have found
- Don’t leave your loved one alone if the threat of suicide seems imminent; if necessary call 911
Why Consider Treatment at StoneCrest Center
Constantly facing suicidal ideations and not properly addressing the underlying cause for these thoughts can take a huge emotional toll on anyone. In some instances, an individual may have such intense thoughts that they are preventing them from functioning on a daily basis. Individuals who are consumed with these thoughts may be unable to complete responsibilities at work or concentrate at school. There relationships may suffer as they begin to become more irritable and socially withdrawn. If actual suicide attempts have been made it can leave an individual with permanent serious or debilitating injuries. Medical complications can include brain damage, organ failure, or nerve damage.
Taking part in an inpatient treatment program can be one of the best ways for people with suicidal ideation to place themselves in a safe environment where they are able to get 24 hour supervision and support. This will help reduce your risk of suicide attempts while you begin your recovery process. In this setting, appropriate medications can be administered and a variety of therapies can be used to help identify the underlying reasons for what may be causing these troubling thoughts.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At StoneCrest Center, we strive to set ourselves apart from other mental health treatment centers by offering individualized, superior care that improves the quality of life for our patients while also providing a reliable resource for the community. We believe that our values are what truly make us stand out. We treat each other like family and we empathize with and support the families who have a loved one who is struggling with mental illness. We diligently work at maintaining our position as a leader in creating distinct, effective mental health disease management through our partnerships with physicians and other clinical professionals, through the application of technology, and, most importantly, through the extension of services from our hospital to the home. At StoneCrest, we remain steadfast in preventing, supporting, and treating mental, emotional, and behavioral conditions, providing patients with a safe place to turn in their time of need.
Types of Treatment Offered at StoneCrest Center
The fully trained and qualified staff at StoneCrest uses a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, coordinating care amongst our in-house psychiatrists, nurses, socials workers, and activity therapists. By implementing a case management model that focuses on person-centered planning, each patient works with a therapist who serves as the patient’s coordinator and advocate throughout their stay. Therapists guide patients through the treatment process while establishing a therapeutic relationship as they help them work towards achieving their identified treatment goals. Our treatment programs are created to meet the needs of each patient as a whole in order to ensure that all needs are being addressed and coordinated while in our care. Some of the treatment methods used in our programs may include:
Medication management: Medications such as antidepressants, antipsychotics, and antianxiety medications may be used to reduce symptoms of a presenting mental illness helping you to feel less suicidal. All patients meet with a psychiatrist daily and see a doctor regularly in order to ensure the effectiveness of any medication that is prescribed and to make any changes that may be necessary.
Group therapy: Group therapy plays a major role in the treatment process here at StoneCrest. Multiple groups are held on a daily basis and cover topics such as social skills, goal-setting, support systems, anger management, and educational meetings.
Family therapy: At StoneCrest, we believe that family involvement is crucial in helping our patients be successful in the treatment process. In addition to ensuring that family members are an active part of the therapeutic process, we also educate our patients’ families in order to help them understand what their loved ones are experiencing and discover ways that will help them cope with emotional difficulties that may arise in the future.
Depending on the specific needs of each patient, additional methods of treatment may be used, including:
- Individual therapy
- Expressive arts
- Sensory room interventions
- Therapeutic recreation
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
When patients have completed the inpatient program at StoneCrest, they will meet with their social worker who will facilitate discharge planning. Our social workers will coordinate appropriate aftercare support, ensure placement or housing when necessary, and schedule any pertinent follow-up appointments with community agencies.