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 Self-Harm in Dartmouth, Massachusetts

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

Self-Harm Treatment

Learn more about self-harm treatment at Southcoast Behavioral Health Hospital in Dartmouth, MA

Self-harm, which is also commonly referred to as self-injury, describes a number of behaviors that are undertaken with the intention of hurting oneself. Common types of self-harming behaviors include cutting or burning one’s skin, pulling out one’s own hair, and purposely breaking one’s own bones. Other forms of self-harm include biting or scratching oneself and ingesting dangerous substances. Though some people who engage in self-harm also think about or attempt suicide, self-harm in itself is not a suicidal action. Some people engage in self-harm as a way to punish themselves for perceived deficiencies, while others do so as a means of exercising a modicum of control when they feel that the rest of their lives are beyond their ability to influence. Self-harm can be a symptom of several mental health disorders, including but not limited to borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

At Southcoast Behavioral Health, we have extensive experience in helping people overcome the disorders that may prompt a person to engage in self-harm. Our comprehensive approach to treatment involves a thorough assessment of each person who heals with us to ensure that we identify all distressing symptoms and address the underlying disorders that may be responsible for those symptoms.

Helping a Loved One

Helping a loved one or family member get treatment for self-harm

Discovering that someone you care about is engaging in self-harm can be a particularly disconcerting experience. But if you know or suspect that such behavior is occurring, it is essential that you take appropriate steps to ensure that your loved one gets the help that he or she needs.

Though your loved one may deny the behavior or become obstinate or argumentative when you attempt to discuss your concerns, you cannot allow yourself to be dissuaded from addressing the matter and determining the type of treatment that is called for. Talking about self-harm will not put ideas into your loved one’s mind, or encourage him or her to take more dangerous measures. In fact, though he or she may initially resist or appear to resent your efforts to talk, he or she may actually be relieved that someone has noticed and cares enough to address the matter.

It is important to remember that, although it can be troubling and dangerous, the self-harm itself is not the complete problem. In most cases, self-harm is a symptom of a mental health disorder. Thus, your goal should not be merely to stop your loved one from hurting himself or herself, but to get the professional help that can identify and address the root cause of this and other negative behaviors.

Compassion alone cannot cure a mental health disorder. For that, effective professional intervention is the answer. But your love and support can be integral to your loved one’s continued health. Before, during and after he or she is in treatment, your willingness to be an active positive presence can make the difference between relapse and successful long-term recovery. Depending upon the specific issue or issues that your loved one is experiencing, recovery may be a long and challenging process. Leave no doubt in your loved one’s mind that you will be beside him or her every step of the way.

Why Consider Treatment

Why consider treatment for self-harm at Southcoast Behavioral Health Hospital in Dartmouth, MA

Failing to get proper treatment for an individual who is engaging in self-harm exposes that person to two types of danger: the damage that can occur as a result of the self-harm itself, and the additional detrimental outcomes that may result from failing to address the underlying disorder(s) that caused the self-harm. As noted earlier, self-harm is neither a suicide attempt nor a definitive sign that the person in question will attempt suicide at a later date. But, depending upon the type of self-harm that a person chooses to engage in, he or she is at risk for both immediate and long-term health damage, including death. For example, someone who engages in cutting may be at immediate risk of experiencing major blood loss, while over the long-term he or she may suffer from potentially life-threating infections. And the longer a person continues to harm himself or herself, the more likely he or she is to experience guilt, shame, and diminishing self-esteem. The physical, psychological, and spiritual damage that can both cause and be caused by self-harm can also threaten to undermine a person’s efforts to complete his or her education, secure and maintain gainful employment, and meet the other responsibilities that are parts of living a successful independent life.

Southcoast is a one-of-a-kind treatment center with the most compassionate staff. They truly do care about each client and their individual needs. If you're looking for a family away from home and the support to rehabilitate your life, Southcoast Behavioral is the place.

– Anonymous Client
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