Located in LaPlace, Louisiana, River Place Behavioral Health Hospital is a state-of-the-art suicidal ideation treatment center serving the greater New Orleans metropolitan area.
Learn More About Suicidal Ideation Treatment at River Place Behavioral Health Hospital
When someone is suffering from suicidal ideation, he or she is plagued by thoughts of wanting to end his or her life. These thoughts may be fleeting or more intrusive in nature, but regardless of their severity, it is essential that treatment be received. While having thoughts of suicide does not necessarily mean that a person is planning on ending his or her life, the line between thought and action can quickly become blurred. Once the ideation has turned to intent, the risk of danger increases exponentially. It is for this reason that addressing these devastating thoughts with a mental health professional is imperative.
At River Place Behavioral Health, we recognize the sensitive nature of suicidal ideation. We know that everyone who experiences thoughts of wanting to end his or her life may not even understand why those thoughts exist in the first place. Or, for those who can identify a reason for the development of their ideations, they may still struggle to maintain control. Our goal is to help individuals who are experiencing suicidal ideation to not only come to realize why the thoughts are present, but also to help them learn more positive coping skills, come to understand their personal self-worth, and ultimately eliminate these thoughts from plaguing them in the future.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment for Suicidal Ideation
It is not always obvious that a person is suffering from suicidal ideation. Unless a person blatantly verbalizes his or her thoughts, it can be difficult to recognize that he or she is suffering at all. Yet, if you have suspicions that a family member or loved one might be struggling with thoughts of suicide, or if he or she has voiced those thoughts to you, it is extremely important that you get help as quickly as possible. The following are some steps that you can take in order to help your loved one during this crucial time:
- First and foremost, learn about the signs and symptoms of suicidal ideation so that you can better identify if your loved one is displaying them. Again, the symptoms are not always clear, but by gaining this knowledge, you are giving yourself the opportunity to begin determining ways that you can intervene.
- Talk to your loved one. If he or she has verbalized thoughts of wanting to end his or her life, take them seriously. Never dismiss them as attention-seeking. If your loved one has not made any verbal statements about having thoughts of suicide, but you are concerned that he or she is showing symptoms of such, be honest with him or her. Create an open dialogue where your loved one can express him or herself freely.
- Research treatment centers that offer programming designed to help individuals overcome suicidal ideation. Also look for centers that offer therapeutic interventions that may be of interest to your loved one. Share your findings with your loved one, and let him or her know that you will be there every step of the way.
- Once your loved one has begun receiving treatment, demonstrate your support by being an active part of the process. Attend family therapy sessions, reach out to check on him or her while he or she is in treatment, and continue to provide encouragement once treatment has come to an end.
Why Consider Treatment for Suicidal Ideation at River Place Behavioral Health
As previously stated, having thoughts of suicide does not necessarily mean that you truly want to end your life. Yet, there is a reason why you are having these thoughts. Whether it is due to having experienced a trauma, suffering from a mental health condition, or being overwhelmed by stress or emotional turmoil, you should not have to continue suffering.
Left unaddressed, overwhelming thoughts of suicide can begin to have many negative impacts on your life. Your attention may sway enough that you are no longer able to perform to expectation at work or school. Your relationships may become hindered as you start to unknowingly push your loved ones away. Your interest in activities may decline, further pushing you into a deeper place of social isolation. And, most tragically, the thoughts that you are experiencing have the potential to become so powerful that you decide to act on them.
By receiving care from a comprehensive treatment center, however, you can begin to heal from the detriments that may have already arisen, and you can prevent future negative consequences from developing.
Types of Treatment for Suicidal Ideation at River Place Behavioral Health
Located in LaPlace, Louisiana, and serving the New Orleans metropolitan area, River Place Behavioral Health is a new, state-of-the-art inpatient mental and behavioral health treatment center. With updated technology to provide the best care for our patients, electronic medical records for ensuring prompt retrieval of pertinent information, and a secluded area that offers privacy, River Place is an ideal setting for you to begin healing from suicidal ideation.
At River Place Behavioral Health, we recognize that people respond to various treatment interventions differently, and one’s age can be a major factor in how he or she processes the skills he or she is learning. For this reason, we offer specialized treatment tracks for adolescents, adults, and senior adults. Each program is designed to meet the specific needs of each population, ensuring that all participants achieve true and lasting healing.
Regardless of which program you take part in, we will provide you with an individualized treatment plan that outlines the specific therapeutic interventions and treatment modalities that will best help you begin to heal from suicidal ideation. Within this treatment plan, the following services may be offered:
Medical care: If you are in need of medical care during your time at River Place, our internal medicine clinicians, advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs), and other nurses are available to provide daily services.
Medication management: When you are being treated for suicidal ideation, certain medications may be recommended to alleviate distressing symptoms. Your need for medication management services will be assessed upon admission and throughout your stay. You will have access to these services, which will include close monitoring of the effects of your medications, three times per week.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy is offered on an as-needed basis. It serves as a time for you to work one-on-one with a social worker or counselor to process the challenges you are facing, address any concerns you may be having, and celebrate successes as you achieve them.
Group therapy: Group therapy is an integral part of the treatment process when receiving care for suicidal ideation, and you will participate in group sessions on a daily basis. These sessions are led by social workers, counselors, nurses, and behavioral health technicians, and may include discussions on the following topics:
- Life management
- Coping skills
- Self-esteem building
- Daily living skills
Family therapy: Recognizing that mental health disorders can affect your entire family, we provide family therapy sessions so as to allow you and your loved ones the opportunity to process through the challenges you have faced and work towards coming together as a strong, healthy family unit. Family therapy sessions are led by counselors, social workers, and psychiatrists, depending on the specific needs of your family.
Experiential therapies: In order to provide you with a holistic approach to care as you learn to manage your thoughts of suicide, we offer a number of experiential therapies that complement the more traditional forms of therapy. By taking part in these activities at our hospital, you can achieve healing on all levels – mind, body, and spirit. Our experiential therapies include the following:
- Music therapy
- Art therapy
Continuing Care After Inpatient Treatment for Suicidal Ideation
Inpatient treatment is often only the first step in the process of learning to fully recover from suicidal ideation. This level of care is designed to help you achieve stabilization and begin developing coping skills and additional tools that allow you to jumpstart your recovery. But once inpatient care has come to an end, you may benefit from receiving ongoing outpatient services. These services will help you solidify the skills you learned while in inpatient treatment, and truly thrive as you move forward.
Various levels of outpatient care are available. Our recommendations for the specific level that will be of most benefit to you will be based upon your unique needs and treatment goals. When you begin treatment at River Place, we will immediately start developing a discharge plan that will outline recommendations for follow-up care.
River Place is focused solely on providing inpatient care. However, once your time for discharge arrives, we will provide referrals for outside resources that deliver necessary continuing care.
At River Place Behavioral Health, we are dedicated to ensuring that all of your needs are met. Our support does not end when you leave our hospital. Instead, we will continue to provide ongoing encouragement and assistance as you step down to the next level of care and rejoin your community.
If you or a loved one is in need of comprehensive treatment to recover from suicidal ideation, look no further than River Place Behavioral Health. Our knowledgeable and compassionate staff members are available to answer any questions you may have, and to help you decide if our hospital is the right fit for you.