Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at River Place Behavioral Health Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at River Place Behavioral Health Hospital.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Causes & Effects of Suicidal Ideation

Understanding Suicidal Ideation

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Someone who is grappling with symptoms of suicidal ideation is likely to be experiencing intrusive, continuous thoughts of wanting to end his or her life. These thoughts can range in severity, from slight considerations to detailed planning. Even though suicidal ideations are occurring, it does not mean that the individual will take action on those thoughts. However, the presence of this condition can put an individual at risk to cross that line between just ruminating about suicide and acting on it. Thankfully, those who struggle with suicidal ideations can receive treatment that can help them change their thought patterns.


Statistics about Suicidal Ideation

It is impossible to determine the true prevalence of suicidal ideation, as these thoughts are often kept in one’s mind rather than openly discussed. However, research has been able to decipher the following about this condition:

  • Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death in children and adolescents between ages 10 and 14.
  • In individuals between 15 and 25, suicide is the third leading cause of death.
  • For adults between the ages 25 and 54, suicide is the fourth leading cause of death.
Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and Risk Factors for Suicidal Ideation

Researchers have determined that suicidal ideation is the result of a number of different causes and risk factors, including those below:

  • Family history of depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, or other types of mental illness
  • Being the victim of bullying
  • Personal or family history of substance abuse
  • Having a friend or loved one commit suicide
  • Being the victim of abuse and/or neglect
  • Lacking a healthy support system
  • Personal history of mental illness
  • Loss of a loved one
Signs & Symptoms

Signs and Symptoms of Suicidal Ideation

When someone is experiencing suicidal ideation, he or she will likely display some or all of the following symptoms:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Drafting suicide notes
  • Engaging in self-harm or otherwise reckless behaviors
  • No longer participating in activities or hobbies that one once enjoyed
  • Abusing drugs and/or alcohol
  • Giving away one’s possessions
  • Talking or writing about death
  • Isolating oneself
  • Chronic absences from work or school

Physical symptoms:

  • Injuries that result from self-harming behaviors
  • Panic attacks
  • Fluctuations in weight
  • Decline in the ability to experience pleasure
  • Changes in eating patterns
  • Hypersomnia or insomnia
  • Changes in one’s physical appearance, such as no longer caring about how one looks or suddenly lacking proper hygiene

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Chronic, invasive, and unwanted thoughts about death
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Memory impairment

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Depression
  • Feelings of helplessness
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Periods of emotional detachment
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
Lasting Effects

Effects of Suicidal Ideation

When suicidal ideation continues, individuals are at risk for experiencing many effects to all areas of their lives. Some of these effects can include the following:

  • Deteriorating self-esteem, leading to worsening of self-destructive thoughts and behaviors
  • Making attempts at suicide
  • Beginning to abuse drugs and/or alcohol, possibly resulting in the development of an addiction
  • Decline in academic or occupational performance, potentially resulting in academic failure or job loss
  • Social withdrawal and isolation, potentially resulting in family discord, marital strife, and other disturbances within important relationships and friendships
  • Participation in self-harming behaviors
Co-Occurring Disorders

Co-Occurring Substance Abuse or Mental Health Issues

When someone is struggling with thoughts of suicide, he or she might also be grappling with symptoms of another mental illness, including the following:

  • Persistent depressive disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Substance use disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Major depressive disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Eating disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
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