Suicidal ideation refers to thoughts a person has about taking his or her own life. These thoughts can range from laid out detailed plans to just a passing consideration but does not include the final act of killings oneself. In fact, many individuals who have suicidal ideation do not carry through with it, but this does not mean those suicidal thoughts should not be taken seriously. These suicidal thoughts often occur when an individual is facing an overwhelming situation that they are no longer able to cope with. At times, these individuals may become so distressed that they see suicide as the only way out.
At Ten Lakes Center, we recognize that there are experiences in life that can cause a great deal of emotional distress and turmoil, leaving you feeling hopeless as to what you can do. We want you to know that no matter how bad things may seem right now, suicide is not the answer, there is another way to end the pain that you are feeling. At Ten Lakes, we have experience working with individuals who have struggled with suicidal thoughts and we offer treatment that is designed to meet the needs of each individual that comes to us. When you come to us for treatment, we make it our top priority to provide the highest quality of care in the safest and most comfortable environment possible.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Someone who is having thoughts of suicide may not always ask for help, but that does not mean that they do not want it. In fact, in many cases the individual who is having suicidal thoughts does not want to die, they just want the deep pain they feel to go away. Suicide is a devastating end to a person’s life, but it does not have to come to that. Suicide prevention starts by knowing the warning signs and taking them seriously to get that person help. While you may be afraid to talk to a loved one you think may be suicidal, it could actually save his or her life. Here are some warning signs that may indicate that someone is thinking about suicide:
- Talking about suicide
- Getting affairs in order
- Seeking out lethal means
- Preoccupation with death
- No hope for the future
- Saying goodbye
- Self-destructive behavior
- Withdrawing from others
- Sudden sense of calm
If you spot any of these warning signs in a loved one, it is important that you take action. Do not worry that your loved one may get mad because ignoring the signs can be far more detrimental. Talk to your loved one and tell him or her that you are there to listen. Let your loved one know that he or she is not alone and that you are there for support. Additionally, do everything that you can to get your loved one the help that he or she needs and remain supportive throughout the treatment process.
Why Consider Treatment at Ten Lakes Center
Suicidal thoughts and attempted suicide can take an emotional toll on not only the individual consumed by the thoughts, but on his or her loved ones as well. Individuals may become so consumed with these thoughts that they become unable to function on a daily basis. If an individual does actually make an attempt at suicide, it can leave behind permanent and debilitating injuries, like organ failure. Suicidal thoughts do not usually go away on their own and often indicate the presence of a mental health disorder, which is why treatment is needed.
Inpatient treatment clinics have proven to be successful in treating people who are struggling with suicidal ideation because they can help an individual get to the underlying cause of his or her emotional pain. These clinics allow people to step away from the stresses of their everyday lives and focus solely on getting better. Through inpatient clinics, individuals can learn about their disorder, develop coping skills to deal with their symptoms, and get the appropriate medication they need.
Our Philosophy and Benefits
At Ten Lakes Center, we recognize that everyone who comes to us for treatment has their own unique set of life experiences that have played a role in molding them into the people that they are today. Because of this, we strive to provide individualized treatment plans that are tailored to meet the specific needs of each of our patients. Our caring and compassionate staff of mental health and medical professionals is committed to understanding and meeting both the short-term and the long-term needs of the patients we serve. We work closely with families, primary care physicians, and long-term care facilities in order to best understand the individual needs of each patient in a way that we would not be able to without any outside input.
Types of Treatment Offered at Ten Lakes Center
When patients arrive at Ten Lakes Center, they will first meet with one of our intake specialists who will walk each patient through a comprehensive evaluation so that we will be able to identify each patient’s exact needs. Once the evaluation is complete, it is closely reviewed by the intake staff and one of our doctors in order to ensure that our inpatient care will best meet the needs of that patient. Once admitted, an interdisciplinary treatment team is assigned to the patient and they will meet weekly in order to discuss the different aspects of the patient’s specific treatment plan. Some of the therapeutic methods employed at Ten Lakes Center include the following:
Medication management: Various kinds of medications such as antidepressants, antipsychotics, and antianxiety medications can all be used to help reduce symptoms and make an individual feel less suicidal. Every patient is seen daily by a physician and weekly by a psychiatrist in order to ensure the therapeutic effectiveness of the medications being taken and to make any changes that may be necessary.
Group therapy: Group therapy is the main treatment approach here at Ten Lakes. Multiple groups are held throughout the day and cover a wide variety of topics. Some of the topics that may be discussed in group sessions can include mindfulness, stress management, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal relationships, and anger management.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy is held on an as-needed basis and sessions can be added at any time. Individual therapy is a time where patients meet privately with a therapist and discuss any concerns they may have, address any presenting issues, or help patients refocus.
Family therapy: At Ten Lakes, we believe that family involvement is extremely important for successful treatment, which is why family members are included in all aspects of treatment and are encouraged to attend weekly team meetings. We also understand how difficult this time can be for the family members of our patients, so we make sure to provide them with education regarding their loved one’s illness and answer any questions that they may have. Additionally, we hold visitation hours twice daily, between 1:00pm and 2:00pm and again from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.
Recreational therapy: All of the patients being treated at our center participate in some form of exercise at least five days per week. We also provide options for other forms of recreational and experiential therapy that we have found to be beneficial for the healing process. These include things such as art and music appreciation, arts and crafts, and a time for reminiscing.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
The transition that occurs at the time of discharge has the potential to be overwhelming for patients, so we start planning for this at the time of admission. More often than not, our patients are referred back to the facility that referred them to us. In some cases, however, patients may require placement in an extended care facility. Our social services department works with the families and guardians of our patients to determine what the most appropriate placement and services are once the patient has been discharged.
In addition to our inpatient care, Ten Lakes Center operates The Wellness Center, which is a partial hospitalization program (PHP) located in New Philadelphia, Ohio. This program is held Monday through Friday from 9:30am until 2:30pm, during which time patients participate in three education groups and two process groups each day. Additional services that are offered include individual and family therapy as needed, medication management, and monthly visits with a psychiatrist. All patients are provided with a daily lunch and, for those located within a 30-mile radius, transportation can be provided as well.
Serving The Entire Eastern Ohio Region
Our main treatment center in Dennison is within Trinity Twin City Critical Access Hospital (which is complete with a newly renovated emergency department and a 25 bed medical care unit). This location serves residents of the entire Eastern Ohio region and even some Western Pennsylvania residents. Call one of our Admissions counselors today for a free, confidential screening to see how Ten Lakes Center can help you down the path of recovery.