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 Southcoast 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 Southcoast 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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Premier Treatment For Depression in Dartmouth, Massachusetts

Southcoast provides the highest quality depression treatment for adolescents & adults. Our treatment plans include individualized therapies to promote long-term recovery from depression.

Depression Treatment

Learn more about depression treatment at Southcoast Behavioral Health Hospital in Dartmouth, MA

Major depressive disorder can have a devastating impact on a person’s health and wellbeing. During a major depressive episode, a person may be incapable of tending to his or her educational, occupational, and social responsibilities. Neglect of health, hygiene, and nutritional needs during a major depressive episode can also expose a person to both immediate and long-term physical and emotional damage. The despair of major depression can leave a person with an overwhelming sense of hopelessness and helplessness, which can make the individual feel as though he or she is trapped in an inescapable state, and that he or she is neither worthy nor capable of getting help.

At Southcoast Behavioral Health, we understand the degree to which a person’s life can be disrupted by major depression, and we have developed specialized programming that is specifically designed to help ease the symptoms of depression while empowering patients with the tools that they need to achieve and maintain a healthier mindset and a and more satisfying life.

Helping a Loved One

Helping a loved one or family member get treatment for depression

Watching someone who you care about struggle with major depression can be painful, frustrating, and confusing. What it should not be, though, is a hopeless experience. You do not need to be a mental health expert to make a life-changing difference for your loved one. Please consider the following:

  • First, if you fear that your loved one is in immediate danger of harming himself or herself, contact your local emergency number.
  • It is important to understand the challenge that your loved one is facing. Educate yourself about major depressive disorder so that you will be able to provide effective support.
  • Learn about the types of treatment that have helped others overcome major depressive disorder.
  • Identify specific programs that are prepared to provide the type and level of care that your loved one needs.
  • Have an open and honest discussion with your loved one. Express your concerns, demonstrate your compassion, and share the information that you have acquired. Most importantly, listen to what he or she has to say.
  • If possible and appropriate, share your concerns with other friends or family members. Getting help is not a sign of weakness. It is the best thing you can do for your loved one, and for yourself.
  • When your loved one enters a treatment program, inquire about family therapy, support sessions, or other ways that you may be able to participate.

Finally, remember that treatment is just one part of overcoming a complex challenge. Prepare to be an active and positive presence in your loved one’s life through it all, and make sure that he or she has no reason to doubt your love and commitment.

Why Consider Treatment

Why consider treatment for depression at Southcoast Behavioral Health Hospital in Dartmouth, MA

Dealing with untreated major depressive disorder can expose a person to increased risk for several short- and long-term consequences. Major depressive disorder can impact a person’s physical, emotional, cognitive, and social wellbeing. Diminished energy, confidence, and motivation can undermine a person’s efforts to perform well in school or at work, which can result in academic failure, job loss, and unemployment. These setbacks can exacerbate the symptoms of the depressive disorder, which in turn can increase the likelihood of continued negative outcomes, such as family discord, strained or ruined interpersonal relationships, and social withdrawal. In the absence of effective professional intervention, many people turn to substance abuse in a misguided attempt to self-medicate or numb themselves to the psychological turmoil of major depression. This unfortunate decision can further erode the afflicted individual’s physical and mental health, as well as increase his or her risk of legal problems, incarceration, and possibly even homelessness.

I now am on the road to recovery because of the process groups and my personal therapist at Southcoast. Thank you for helping me get my life together. I am forever grateful!

– Anonymous Client
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