When a teen is consumed by thoughts of ending his or her own life, he or she is struggling with suicidal ideation. Often indicative that the adolescent is grappling with a mental illness such as depression, anxiety, and/or posttraumatic stress disorder, suicidal ideation can be overwhelming. The longer that suicidal ideation persists, and the longer that an adolescent suffers from the untreated mental illness(es) that may be triggering these thought patterns, the greater the risk is that the teen may attempt to take his or her own life. If, however, treatment is sought to identify the causes for suicidal ideation, an adolescent can receive the mental health care that is needed to alleviate any distressing mental health symptoms that may be present and develop the skills needed to manage emotional pain in a more productive and effective manner.
When teens are in need of the immediate treatment that is required to overcome thoughts of suicide, Riverview Behavioral Health can help these young people heal and thrive. We employ a staff of deeply compassionate men and women who want nothing more than to help patients achieve their treatment goals. By implementing research-backed interventions in an atmosphere of compassion and support, Riverview is uniquely prepared to help adolescents overcome suicidal ideation and become capable of achieving to their fullest potential.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If your teen begins speaking about death and dying or demonstrates other symptoms that suggest suicidal ideation is happening, please consider the following:
- Formulate a safety plan with the help of other loved ones should your adolescent act on his or her suicidal ideations. This plan can involve calling 9-1-1 or going to the nearest emergency room.
- Research suicidal ideation signs and symptoms and treatment options that are designed with the needs of adolescents in mind. Specialized care that is developmentally appropriate will provide your teen with the most effective care possible.
- Learn about the admissions process at a particular treatment center and schedule a time to have your child complete an assessment for admission.
- Once your teen is admitted to a particular program, know that you may be called upon to grant consent for certain types of treatment or consulted on the care that your child may receive. Be open to treatment recommendations and ask as many questions as you like.
- Attend any scheduled family sessions that are planned. Your feedback is needed and your child requires your support, so by coming to these sessions, you will be enhancing your child’s healing process.
- Learn what you can do to help your child once he or she returns home. You may need to make yourself more available to talk to him or her or you may need to take him or her to certain follow-up services each day or each week.
Finally, while your teen focuses on his or her own healing, it is a good idea for you to tend to your own physical and emotional wellness as well. In doing so, you will be more ready and able to assist your adolescent during this difficult time.
Why Consider Treatment at Riverview Behavioral Health
The effects of suffering with suicidal ideation and the disorder(s) that cause this emotional pain can be devastating. The longer thoughts of death and dying remain present, the more likely an adolescent is to act on them. Lacking healthy impulse control is a common problem among teens, which is why the threat of suicide attempts is great when ideations of suicide are present.
Additionally, the mental health disorders that trigger this issue can become worse over time, and other illnesses can manifest the longer treatment is delayed. Substance abuse may also become a concern, especially if a teen is overwhelmed with intense, recurrent thoughts of death. This behavior can lead to the development of an addiction, which will also need to be treated in the event care is sought.
Fortunately, adolescents who are battling ideations of suicide do not need to continue to suffer. With effective comprehensive treatment, teens can overcome their thoughts of suicide and experience true and lasting healing.
Types of Treatment Offered at Riverview Behavioral Health
Riverview Behavioral Health, which is conveniently located in Texarkana, Texas, is an exemplary provider of mental health treatment for individuals of all ages who are battling a myriad of mental health concerns. Families in the Texarkana area have relied on Riverview as the go-to mental health treatment center when someone is requiring immediate stabilization of mental health symptoms, as well as longer-term treatment for youth who need additional support to manage suicidal ideations and other mental and behavioral health concerns.
When young people between the ages of 5 and 17 need prompt and effective mental health treatment, they can benefit greatly from Riverview Behavioral Health’s inpatient programming. This level of care features only the most effective treatment methods, as well as behavior modification techniques that are proven to help young people improve their emotional wellness and learn to control impulsive behaviors. The staff of professionals who supply treatment do so with an unparalleled dedication to helping children and teens thrive, and each young person who comes for care is perceived as an individual with unique needs, strengths, and goals for the future.
We assess the treatment requirements of every child and adolescent who is in need of our services so that our staff can determine if our programming is appropriate for him or her and which methods of care will bring about the most positive results. Among the interventions that may be incorporated into a young person’s treatment plan, the following are those that our inpatient program offers:
Medication management services: Children and adolescents who come to Riverview Behavioral Health may benefit from certain medications if suicidal ideations are severe. When indicated during our streamlined admissions process, our staff will speak to the child’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s) about the need for medication, and, if consented by those responsible for the child or teen, our onsite psychiatrist can determine what kind and the amount of a medication(s) that will benefit the child or adolescent most. While a young person is taking psychotropic medication(s), our team of compassionate nurses closely monitors the effectiveness of any medication(s) given so as to preserve the safety and overall wellness of the children and adolescents entrusted in our care.
Medical care: As a means of ensuring that each child and adolescent is maintaining good health while receiving treatment for suicidal ideation, we employ a medical doctor and nurse practitioner so that the basic medical needs of the children and adolescents we treat are cared for. Additionally, the same team of nurses that assists in the monitoring of each child and adolescent’s progress while taking psychotropic medication(s) is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide medical care and support for the duration of a youth’s time at Riverview Behavioral Health.
Individual therapy: Each week, children and teens at Riverview Behavioral Health are able to meet with a licensed mental health professional for individual therapy sessions. During these sessions, a young person can discuss suicidal ideation, experiences of the past, goals for the present, and ambitions for the future. Additionally, children and teens grappling with ideations of suicide can utilize individual therapy sessions to process their feelings and emotions in a safe space so that they can improve upon their overall emotional wellness.
Group therapy: Group therapy sessions are an integral part of the care that children and adolescents receive while at Riverview Behavioral Health. Led by licensed mental health professionals and behavioral health technicians, young people partake in process groups and other types of group therapy opportunities multiple times per day while working to heal from suicidal ideation. Among the topics that may be covered during group therapy sessions, the following are those that children and adolescents may talk about with our staff and their peers:
- Medication education
- Art therapy
- Coping skills
- Crisis intervention
- Stress management
- Anxiety management
- Any topics that may be relevant to the group that influence positive treatment outcomes
- Education on mental health conditions
Education services: At Riverview Behavioral Health, we will do all that we can to prevent disruption in our young patients’ education while they are receiving care for suicidal ideation. Because of this initiative, while a child or adolescent is partaking in our inpatient care, he or she will participate in the education services that we offer each day. We have certified teachers onsite who will conduct lesson plans, assist with schoolwork, and help children and adolescents continue working towards any academic endeavors that they may have.
Family therapy: Because the success of our young patients’ healing journeys are often reliant on the support they have with their family members and/or other loved ones, we, at Riverview Behavioral Health, include family therapy in our child and adolescent inpatient programming. Offered at least one time each week, family therapy sessions are conducted by our staff and can help youth and those closest to them understand suicidal ideation better and forge healthier bonds that can support emotional wellness for all involved. We strongly encourage family members to participate in these sessions, as we believe that children and adolescents experience more favorable treatment outcomes when they know they have the backing of their families and loved ones.
Family program: If child or teen has been battling suicidal ideation for some time, family members and/or legal guardians often have several questions about their child’s mental health and require support of their own during this time in their lives. For these reasons, Riverview Behavioral Health is pleased to offer a family program that allows parents, guardians, and loved ones to participate in group therapy opportunities, partake in educational lectures about mental health conditions, and benefit from the support of other families who have a loved one grappling with mental health concerns. This program does require preregistration in order to attend, and all who come for this invaluable service will leave with a greater understanding of their child’s condition and of themselves as providers of support for him or her.
Depending on the needs of the child or teen who is suffering from suicidal ideation, the interventions that are incorporated into the customized treatment plan that is created can vary. Some methods of care will occur more or less frequently, though each youth is able to participate in any of the interventions that we offer. We make the treatment planning process personalized so that each young person is able to experience the most favorable treatment outcomes possible.
Furthermore, in addition to personalized treatment planning, each patient in our child and adolescent inpatient program receives individualized discharge planning. From the moment that they are admitted, our staff plans for each youth’s discharge so that children and teens have the follow-up supports and resources in place that will allow them to continue managing suicidal ideations in a healthy manner. Among the supports and services that a youth may access, we are pleased to provide school-based services that can assist young people in improving their emotional wellness while receiving a top notch education at the same time as healing from suicidal ideation.
If your child or an important youth in your life could benefit from the world class care that Riverview Behavioral Health has to offer, feel free to contact our center at your convenience to learn more about the programming options we have available. At Riverview, we strive to improve the lives of every young person who is entrusted to our care, and we believe that we can help a child or adolescent in your life as well. Call today to schedule an assessment with our staff and let today be the first day of a better life for a youth you know.