Suicidal ideation is a challenging but treatable mental health concern. Learning about the signs and symptoms of suicidal ideation and understanding how treatment can benefit you are important steps toward achieving improved health. When you’re ready to get help, Mount Carmel Behavioral Health in Columbus, Ohio, provides comprehensive inpatient care for adults who have been struggling with suicidal ideation.
What Is Suicidal Ideation?
When an individual has recurring thoughts of taking their own life, they are experiencing what is known clinically as suicidal ideation. When this type of disordered thinking continues over time, its effects are likely to intensify, resulting in greater risk for serious harm. Suicidal ideation is not always caused by a psychiatric condition, but it is often linked to a wide range of mental health conditions. With the proper support, you can overcome this painful experience and reclaim control of your thoughts. At Mount Carmel Behavioral Health, your safety and recovery are our utmost priorities, and we look forward to speaking with you about ways we can support you in your journey to recovery.
Why Do People Suffer from Suicidal Ideation?
The cause of suicidal ideation can vary greatly from person to person. Sometimes it can be a fleeting experience that resolves itself. But more often than not, suicidal ideation is linked to an untreated mental illness. The following are among the most common factors that may increase your likelihood for experiencing suicidal ideation:
- Age (in the United States, suicide rates are highest among adults in the 45-65 age range)
- Gender (experts estimate that suicidal thoughts are more common among girls and women than among boys and men)
- Family history of mental illness
- Personal history of certain forms of mental illness
- Personal history of substance abuse and chemical dependency
- Personal history of trauma
- Childhood adversity, including abuse and neglect
- Poor stress management skills
- Insufficient personal support network
Suicidal Ideation Statistics
Suicidal ideation is a significant health concern in the United States, and rates of suicide are on the rise. The following statistics reported by The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) provide some insight into this growing concern:
- In 2017, more than 47,000 Americans died as a result of suicide.
- Experts estimate that more than 1,300,000 Americans attempted to end their own lives in 2017.
- In 2015, more than 500,000 U.S. hospital visits were related to intentionally self-inflicted injuries.
- Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among adolescents and young adults, ages 10-24.
- Every day in the United States, more than 3,000 high school students attempt suicide.
Who Is Impacted by Suicidal Ideation?
Suicidal ideation can create a damaging ripple effect in relationships, families, and communities. While the person experiencing the symptoms remains at the forefront of our concern, we also acknowledge the impact of suicidal ideation on the individual’s loved ones. At Mount Carmel Behavioral Health, we extend our services to those who wish to support their loved one during their healing process while also receiving support themselves.
Suicidal Ideation Signs & Symptoms
Suicidal ideation can affect individuals in countless ways, but understanding the signs and symptoms of this condition can go a long way in preventing significant harm. If you or someone you care about begins showing the following symptoms, please seek professional help. If you believe someone to be in imminent danger, call 911 immediately.
- Giving away items of great personal value
- Withdrawing from family and friends
- Frequently discussing death or dying
- Making expressions of self-loathing, helplessness, or hopelessness
- Neglecting one’s grooming or personal hygiene
- Unexplained crying or outbursts of anger
- Ending involvement in hobbies or other activities that were previously of great importance
- Behaving in an uncharacteristically reckless or dangerous manner
- Changes in sleep pattern, including hypersomnia and insomnia
- Dramatic changes in appetite, with resultant weight gain or loss
- Altered energy levels, including increased vitality and persistent fatigue
- Inability to concentrate or focus
- Pervasive thoughts of death and dying
- Persistent sense of fear or dread
- Anhedonia (being unable to experience pleasure)
- Low self-esteem and poor self-worth
- Dramatic mood swings
Effects of Suicidal Ideation
If you continue to struggle with suicidal thoughts, you will likely experience a host of detrimental effects in many areas of your life. These thoughts can also escalate into suicidal behaviors, placing you at risk for life-threatening injury. Left untreated, suicidal ideation can result in:
- Strained or ruined relationships with family members, friends, or colleagues
- Onset or worsening of mental health symptoms
- Substance abuse and chemical dependency
- Substandard performance in school or at work
- Academic failure
- Job loss and unemployment
- Pervasive sense of hopelessness and helplessness
- Social withdrawal and isolation
- Self-injury or self-harm
- Permanent physical harm or cognitive damage
Please know that even if you’ve already experienced some of these effects, you can regain control of your well-being. With the proper support, you can rid your mind of suicidal thoughts and reclaim the healthy, vibrant life you deserve.
Disorders That May Cause Suicidal Ideation
Many people who struggle with suicidal ideation do so due to the presence of an untreated mental health disorder. If you’ve been struggling with suicidal ideation, you may also have an increased risk for developing the following disorders:
- Schizoaffective disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Depressive disorders
- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Anxiety disorders
The cause-effect relationship between suicidal ideation and the disorders listed above can vary from person to person. In some cases, untreated suicidal ideation can cause you to experience signs and symptoms of a mental health disorder. In other cases, you may experience one of the disorders listed above first, and that may lead to your struggles with suicidal ideation.
When you receive comprehensive care at our suicidal ideation treatment center in Columbus, Ohio, you can learn about the underlying causes of suicidal ideation and other mental health concerns. While you’re in treatment with us, you will also develop effective strategies for managing the signs and symptoms of suicidal ideation and any mental health disorders that have been impacting your life.
The Importance of Treatment for Suicidal Ideation
Left untreated, recurrent thoughts of suicide can take a damaging toll on many areas of your life. These thoughts can escalate in frequency and duration, and even put you at greater risk for life-threatening self-harm and suicidal behaviors. But know that with proper treatment, these negative outcomes can be avoided. At our suicidal ideation treatment center in Columbus, Ohio, we can help you to regain control of your thoughts and emotions and set the course for a healthy, balanced life.
Inpatient Treatment for Suicidal Ideation
When it comes to effective treatment for suicidal ideation and accompanying mental health concerns, inpatient care offers 24/7 supervision and support. By choosing to step away from the stressors and triggers of daily life and enter a residential treatment program, you can focus all of your energy on healing in a tranquil atmosphere. These efforts will assist you in making strides toward your goals for recovery and in preparing you to successfully transition to a less restrictive level of care when you are ready.
How to Get Help for Suicidal Ideation
If you or someone you care about is experiencing suicidal ideation, you likely feel afraid, overwhelmed, and unsure of where to turn. While there is more public discussion about this issue today, there remains an unfortunate stigma around the topic of suicide. This makes it all the more important to initiate conversations on this subject with the people you care about. If you or a loved one needs help for suicidal ideation, please consider the following tips:
- Safety should be your primary focus. If you think that you, a friend, or family member may be in immediate danger, take action. Call 911, or contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
- If there does not appear to be an immediate safety concern, start by having a conversation about how you’re feeling. If you’re the one experiencing suicidal ideation, talk to someone you trust, and be honest about what’s happening. You may be surprised at the relief you feel just in expressing the pain that you’ve been holding inside.
- If you’re concerned that a loved one may be experiencing suicidal thoughts, ask them a question that doesn’t direct them toward one answer or another. For example, saying something like, “You’re not thinking of hurting yourself, are you?” sounds quite different than, “Have you been thinking about hurting yourself?” Remember that while the question might be hard to ask, it’s likely just as painful to answer. Be patient with your loved one, and reassure them that you will be there to support them in getting the help they need.
- Work with your loved one to find a treatment center in the area that offers programming for suicidal ideation and related mental health concerns. Contact the facility and inquire about their admissions process.
Remember that healing from the pain of suicidal ideation takes considerable time and effort. You or your loved one can make great strides in treatment but still experience setbacks in recovery. This is a normal part of the healing process. Having the love and support of family and friends can make all the difference for someone who is striving to overcome suicidal ideation.
What to Expect During Suicidal Ideation Treatment
If you’ve never experienced inpatient mental health treatment before, you likely have many questions about what to expect from the suicidal ideation treatment program at Mount Carmel Behavioral Health. Rest assured that our staff of compassionate, knowledgeable mental health professionals will be there to assist you in each part of the journey, and to offer guidance and answer questions before you arrive. Here’s a brief synopsis about what you can expect during your time with us:
- The admissions process – Prior to beginning services, we’ll quickly and efficiently gather information about your medical, mental health, and treatment histories, as well as your presenting concerns. We’ll determine if Mount Carmel Behavioral Health is the ideal setting for you to heal, verify your insurance and financial information, and assist you in preparing to transition into our care.
- The assessment – Upon arrival, we’ll conduct an in-depth assessment of your symptoms and use this information to create a personalized treatment plan that is based on your unique needs.
- Comprehensive treatment – Depending upon your needs, your treatment plan may include a blend of individual, group, and family therapies, medication management, medical services, and more, all delivered in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.
- Discharge planning – Prior to leaving our center, you’ll be armed with a discharge plan to direct you toward recommended next steps on your recovery journey.
For more information about any aspect of our services, contact Mount Carmel Behavioral Health today.
Types of Therapy in Suicidal Ideation Treatment
We believe that comprehensive, customized suicidal ideation treatment puts people in the best position to achieve true and lasting healing. Depending upon several individual factors, your personalized suicidal ideation treatment plan may include the following elements:
- Medical care – Our staff includes certified nurse practitioners who can provide general medical services below the crisis level. If your struggles with suicidal ideation are accompanied by certain medical issues, we may be able to provide the care that you need. Please contact us directly for detailed information about our ability to meet your medical needs within our suicidal ideation treatment program.
- Medication management – Certain prescription medications can alleviate or help you manage symptoms of suicidal ideation. If our psychiatrist determines that you can benefit from prescription medication, you can receive medication management services during your time in our suicidal ideation treatment center. Patients who receive medication management services have daily meetings with a psychiatrist and receive additional support from advanced practice nurses.
- Individual therapy – One-on-one sessions with an experienced therapist can be optimal opportunities for you to process treatment-related successes and setbacks, address issues you may be hesitant to bring up in a group setting, and receive focused feedback from a member of your treatment team. Individual therapy sessions can be scheduled as needed throughout your time in our inpatient suicidal ideation treatment program.
- Group therapy – Groups are valuable components of suicidal ideation treatment at Mount Carmel Behavioral Health. We offer both process groups and educational groups. Examples of group topics include life skills, coping skills, communication, medications and diagnoses, emotional regulation, and handling traumatic life events. Groups are a safe and supportive forum in which you can share your thoughts, learn from the experiences of others, and practice healthy communication skills, all under the guidance of an experienced professional.
- Family therapy – Family members and close friends can be sources of vital support during and after your time in treatment for suicidal ideation. Family therapy sessions can help you and your loved ones process the impact of suicidal ideation, learn about treatment, and develop stronger bonds with one another. Family therapy sessions for you and your loved ones can be scheduled on an as-needed basis while you’re healing from suicidal ideation at Mount Carmel Behavioral Health.
- Experiential therapy – Experiential therapy is a category that includes a number of dynamic therapeutic activities. Experiential therapies offer multiple ways to interact with your environment, collaborate with others, and engage with your thoughts or feelings. As a complement to more traditional forms of talk therapy, experiential therapy can provide you with a new perspective from which to view the world, as well as new ways to process your experiences and express yourself.
We also offer detailed discharge planning services for each person who completes our inpatient suicidal ideation treatment program. Discharge planning and continuing care for suicidal ideation are addressed in greater detail in the “What Happens After Suicidal Ideation Treatment” section below.
The Cost of Treatment for Suicidal Ideation
At Mount Carmel Behavioral Health, we know that the cost of treatment is an important factor in deciding which treatment center to attend. Our admissions staff can assist you in verifying your health insurance coverage so that you have a clear understanding of the financial obligations associated with our programming prior to accessing our services. Treatment for suicidal ideation can vary in cost depending upon each person’s unique needs. Our staff is here to ensure that you are able to use your insurance to the maximum benefit so that you can focus on your recovery during your time with us.
What Happens After I Complete Treatment for Suicidal Ideation?
At Mount Carmel Behavioral Health, we know that residential treatment is an incredibly important part of your journey to recovery from suicidal ideation, but it is far from the last step. Prior to leaving our center, you’ll be given a discharge plan that we’ll begin crafting as soon as you begin treatment. We’ll communicate with you about this plan so that you have a full understanding of your treatment team’s recommendations for the types of supports that are going to be helpful as you continue to work toward maintaining your goals.
Learn About Continuing Care for Suicidal Ideation
The decision to enter residential treatment for suicidal ideation is a vital part of your healing journey, but it is far from the last step in recovery. During your time at Mount Carmel Behavioral Health, you will learn healthy coping tools to manage your symptoms, and we’ll discuss your aftercare plan throughout your stay with us. When you discharge from our center, you may transition to any of the following types of care as you continue to work toward your goals:
- Partial hospitalization program (PHP) – A PHP combines some of the structure of residential treatment with the freedom and autonomy of outpatient care. Participants attend several hours of therapeutic services throughout the week but do not reside at the treatment center.
- Intensive outpatient program (IOP) – Like a PHP, an IOP allows individuals to experience the support and supervision of inpatient treatment while they transition back to independent living. IOP participants attend treatment throughout the week for several hours each day but return home or to an alternate residence in the evenings and on weekends.
- Traditional outpatient services – Weekly or biweekly individual counseling sessions, specialized group counseling, and other forms of outpatient care can offer support for recovery throughout your life.
- Support groups – Columbus, Ohio, is home to many different types of support groups for people who have battled suicidal ideation and other types of mental health concerns. These groups allow individuals to receive support from others who have walked a similar path.
How to Maintain Your Mental Health After Completing Treatment for Suicidal Ideation
As you leave treatment at Mount Carmel Behavioral Health, in addition to following your discharge plan’s recommendations, it’s also important to be mindful of your overall health. Our minds and bodies are inextricably linked, so taking good care of your physical well-being can have a positive impact on your mental health.
- Physical health – Nourish your body with healthy food, and set a routine for sleep and exercise. Consult with a physician or nutritionist if you need support in forming healthy habits.
- Personal support – Combat feelings of isolation by growing your support system. Connect with friends and family you care about, spend time doing activities together that you all enjoy, and let them know if you need some extra support.
- Professional help – Meeting with a mental health professional like a counselor, therapist, or psychologist can ensure that you stay on track with your goals for recovery. It’s never a sign of weakness to seek consistent help; rather, it shows considerable strength and self-awareness.
Who Do We Treat?
Mount Carmel Behavioral Health in Columbus, Ohio, provides comprehensive inpatient suicidal ideation treatment for adults age 18 and above.
Our inpatient programming is designed for adults whose struggles with suicidal ideation have had a significant impact on their ability to function in a healthy and productive manner. Inpatient care for suicidal ideation at Mount Carmel Behavioral Health is a short-term experience, with the goal of helping you achieve the level of stability that will enable you to return home or transition to a step-down level of care.
All admissions decisions for our inpatient suicidal ideation treatment program are made on a case-by-case basis following a thorough review of each potential patient’s needs and treatment history. If at any point prior to admission we determine that Mount Carmel Behavioral Health is not the best place for you, we’ll work with you and your family to make the most appropriate referral.
Where Are We Located?
Mount Carmel Behavioral Health is an 80-bed inpatient suicidal ideation treatment center in Columbus, Ohio. We’re located on Hilton Corporate Drive on the east side of Columbus, not far from where Interstate 70 connects with Interstate 270.
Our convenient location in central Ohio means we’re easily accessible from Pickerington, Dublin, Grove City, Westerville, and a host of additional communities in and around the Columbus-Marion-Zanesville metropolitan area.
Our suicidal ideation treatment center is a safe and supportive environment for patients. It is also a welcoming place for friends, family members, and other visitors. Features include comfortable patient rooms, superior clinical areas, and inviting spaces in which to relax and reflect.
Our Affiliations & Accreditations
Mount Carmel Behavioral Health is committed to playing a leading role in the effort to establish and maintain the highest standards in the treatment of suicidal ideation and other mental health disorders.
We’re proud to be accredited by or affiliated with other agencies and organizations that are also working to ensure that individuals and families in need have access to accurate information and quality care:
- The Joint Commission – The Joint Commission is a not-for-profit organization that provides independent accreditation and certification services for healthcare providers throughout the United States. As stated on The Joint Commission’s website, the organization’s mission is to “continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.”
- Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) – This agency oversees statewide efforts to prevent and treat mental illness and chemical dependency, and to support those who are in recovery. OhioMHAS is also responsible for certifying, licensing, and regulating mental health service providers throughout the state of Ohio.
- Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) – Founded as the Ohio State Medical Society in 1846, OSMA promotes physician leadership and education, advocates for medical liability reform and other political issues, and provides guidance to professionals and organizations throughout the state.
The Importance of Selecting a Local Suicidal Ideation Treatment Center Near Columbus
Mount Carmel Behavioral Health is pleased to be the leading local suicidal ideation treatment center in Columbus, Ohio. We’re proud to serve our community by providing quality, professional treatment services when our neighbors need them most.
Why Choose Mount Carmel Behavioral Health for Help with Suicidal Ideation?
Mount Carmel Behavioral Health is founded on a commitment to compassionate, effective care. Here are three of the many reasons to consider Mount Carmel Behavioral Health for suicidal ideation treatment:
- Comprehensive inpatient care – From your initial assessment to your eventual discharge, you will have all the support you need to heal from suicidal ideation during your stay at Mount Carmel Behavioral Health.
- Personalized services – Because no two individuals are exactly alike, everyone has unique needs in the treatment setting. Mount Carmel Behavioral Health’s personalized treatment planning process reflects the dignity in these differences.
- Experienced, compassionate professionals – Mount Carmel Behavioral Health’s superior staff members are highly skilled in supporting individuals who have experienced suicidal ideation and other mental health concerns.
To learn more about how Mount Carmel Behavioral Health is uniquely prepared to help you or a loved one achieve true and lasting healing from suicidal ideation, please feel free to contact us at your convenience. A friendly and knowledgeable member of our team is available to speak with you 24/7. We look forward to answering all your questions and helping you determine if Mount Carmel Behavioral Health is the perfect place for you or your loved one.