Suicidal ideation is defined as thoughts about, or a preoccupation with, ending one’s own life. The range of suicidal ideation varies widely and can include a detailed, laid-out plan or just a few fleeting ideas without the actual suicidal act itself. Additionally, it may include plans that are deliberately constructed to fail or be discovered, or may actually be intended to end in death. Those who are struggling with thoughts of suicide may have symptoms of depression, hopelessness, anxiety, insomnia, or panic attacks. While not all individuals who are having thoughts of suicide actually take their own life, some may make attempts. If you are considering suicide, or know someone that is having suicidal thoughts, it is important to learn the warning signs and how to reach out for immediate help because you may just save a life. When you are facing thoughts of suicide, you may believe that there is no other way to end your pain, but with proper treatment, you can once again enjoy life.
Rolling Hills Hospital is a private acute inpatient psychiatric care center for adolescents, adults, geriatrics, and intellectually disabled patients who are struggling with a variety of mental health and chemical dependency problems. Located in the rural town of Ada, Oklahoma, our treatment hospital is situated on a serene landscape, which enables us to provide confidential care in a tranquil environment. Rolling Hills has been a leader in behavioral healthcare since 1988, which means that we have years of experience working with all types of patients, no matter what their needs may be.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
While everyone gets sad on occasion, there are some individuals who may become so overwhelmed with these distressing feelings that they no longer feel as if life is worth living. When you encounter someone who is having thoughts of suicide, you may feel hopeless, but there are some things you can do. First off, arm yourself with information by learning about available treatment options and then gently encourage them to seek professional help. Some additional steps include:
- Fully educate yourself before you confront your loved one
- Set aside some quiet time to talk
- Be prepared to be met with defensiveness
- Be gentle, but direct when you speak
- Listen with empathy and respect
- Don’t promise to keep what your loved one is feeling a secret
- Share resources you have found
- Do not leave your loved one alone at any time if suicide seems imminent
Why Consider Treatment at Rolling Hills Hospital
If you are consistently facing thoughts of suicide, it is no surprise that it will begin to take an emotional toll on not only you, but on your loved ones as well. On a daily basis, you may be so consumed with these distressing thoughts that you are not able to function at a normal level. In instances where actual suicide attempts have been made, a person can be left with permanent, serious, and debilitating injuries. It is important to get help as soon as possible if suicidal ideation is present in order to help prevent the development of more serious problems.
Treatment for suicidal thoughts will depend upon each person’s specific situation, including the level of suicide risk and the underlying causes for these thoughts. This is why an inpatient program that offers a variety of treatment methods is often the best choice when it comes to seeking professional treatment. Depending upon your state of mind, an inpatient treatment program will provide you with medication to ease the presence of an underlying mental health disorder and will closely monitor you to ensure that any medications that are prescribed are effectively working. Additionally, an inpatient program will provide you with a safe place to recover while receiving a number of different treatment methods that will help you get past this difficult time.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Rolling Hills Hospital, it is our mission to provide superior behavioral healthcare services to the people, communities, and hospitals we serve. Our core values focus on honesty and fairness, treating people as we wish to be treated, and providing a level of care that we would want for our own family member. It is our goal to evaluate and stabilize any psychiatric disorder or substance abuse issue in order to increase each patient’s level of functioning within the community. An experienced psychiatrist leads our team, which also include psychologists, nurses, licensed therapists, social workers, certified nurse aids, mental health technicians, recreational therapists, and other health care professionals within the hospital setting.
Types of Treatment Offered at Rolling Hills Hospital
At Rolling Hills, we maintain a treatment team of professionals dedicated to providing high quality care to each and every person that comes to us. All treatment regimens are individualized to meet each patient’s particular needs and stated in measurable terms within the patient’s treatment plan. Most of our programs use a combination of medication and cognitive behavioral therapy, but our various programs tend to have additional therapeutic interventions in order to meet ongoing needs. Your specific needs will determine which program you will be placed in. The following are some of the therapeutic treatment methods that may be part of your treatment plan:
Medication management: At Rolling Hills, each one of our patients sees our psychiatrist at least three times a week for evaluation and medication management. All patients will be thoroughly evaluated and monitored throughout the course of treatment. In instances of suicidal ideation, antidepressants, antipsychotics, or even anti-anxiety medications may be used to help reduce the symptoms of a mental health disorder, lessening the suicidal thoughts.
Individual therapy: All of our patients engage in individual therapy on a weekly basis, at least two hours a week for adolescents and at least once a week for all other units. During individual therapy, patients can explore the issues that are making them feel suicidal and, together with the therapists, can develop specific treatment plans and goals.
Group therapy: Here at Rolling Hills, we offer a number of different process and expressive groups on a weekly basis. Topics will vary some, depending upon the unit that each person is in. However, some of the topics offered on each unit may include: coping skills, anger management, life skills, and managing mental illness.
Family therapy: Family therapy is an important part of the treatment process and is held at least once a week for each one of our patients. For the adolescent unit, family sessions must be held in-person with a licensed therapist. Additionally, parents are encouraged to attend regular treatment meetings and can call to check on their child on a regular basis.
In addition to these therapeutic methods, Rolling Hills Hospital provides a number of other services that you may participate in during your stay with us. These include:
- Expressive therapies (art, music, pet therapy, tai chi)
- Daily school
- Emotions anonymous
Continued Care and Levels of Treatment
At Rolling Hills Hospital, discharge planning begins at admission and is continuously reevaluated throughout the patient’s stay in order to help ensure a smooth transition when his or her time with us has come to an end. All discharge plans will be discussed at least once a week with family members, the centers where the patients have come from, and with the patients themselves. When you are ready to transition to the next level of care, we will do everything we can to make sure that the appropriate plans are put in place to ensure full, successful continuity of care. Whatever you needs may be, Rolling Hills can help.