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 Suicidal Ideation in Dartmouth, Massachusetts

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

Suicidal Ideation Treatment

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

Suicidal ideation is the experience of having thoughts about ending one’s life. Unfortunately, suicidal ideation tends to accompany other mental illnesses and can be a warning sign that a person may be experiencing an underlying mental health disorder. Suicidal ideation ranges in severity. Some people only have passing thoughts about ending their lives, while others form detailed plans for how and when they will attempt suicide. Regardless of the severity of a person’s thoughts, suicidal ideation is a serious symptom that requires effective treatment.

At Southcoast Behavioral Health, we understand the myriad of mental health disorders that may underlie suicidal ideation and we have developed comprehensive treatment designed to help each of our patients find the help they need to ensure their safety and allow them to live the full, rich lives they deserve.

Helping a Loved One

Helping a loved one or family member get treatment for suicidal ideation

Having a loved one who is wrestling with suicidal ideation can be a frightening experience, but you are by no means hopeless or helpless. The following are some steps you can take to help keep your loved one safe:

  • Research suicidal ideation and talk with a mental health professional about what the underlying causes of your loved one’s suicidal ideation may be.
  • Look into treatment options for your loved one, including options for hospitalization should your loved one need extra support to keep himself or herself safe.
  • Have an open and honest conversation with our loved one. It is important to not pass judgment or blame, as your loved one is struggling deeply with his or her mental health issues. Instead, reaffirm your love for him or her and work together to develop a safety plan to act upon if your loved one feels unsafe.
  • If you feel your loved one is in immediate danger, do not hesitate. Take him or her to a hospital emergency room right away. Once the crisis has passed, you can then discuss long-term care options with your loved one.
  • Offer to help your loved on with logistics if he or she should enter treatment. Offer to set up appointments with treatment center staff and make sure to remain active and supportive during his or her time in treatment. Speak with treatment center staff about what you can do to help once your loved one completes treatment.
  • Do not forget to take care of yourself as well. Helping a loved one who is struggling with suicidal ideation can be a difficult, so make sure to engage in activities that replenish you. Stay active in your hobbies, get regular exercise, and invest in your social network. Consider joining a support group for people whose loved ones are struggling with mental health issues.
Why Consider Treatment

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

If a person is struggling with suicidal ideation, he or is she is likely struggling with a number of painful mental health issues. These difficulties can cause tension in social relationships, strain in romantic relationships, and decreases in work performance. A person may lose his or her job and experience serious financial strain. If a person attempts suicide, he or she may experience a number of severe consequences such as organ damage, cognitive impairment, paralysis, coma, and even death. Though suicidal ideation can be a frightening indicator of underlying mental health difficulties, with proper treatment, it is possible for people with suicidal ideation to find the help they need to heal and live full and happy lives.

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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  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval
  • The Jason Foundation