Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 10/09/2020

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 Southstone 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, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Southstone Behavioral Health Hospital.

  • This restriction has 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 has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being 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.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

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.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

South Boston’s Leading Self-Harm Treatment Center for Adolescents

Southstone Behavioral Health Hospital is Virginia’s leader in self-harm treatment for adolescents. We employ a team of professionals committed to providing clinically proven treatment that is customized to meet the unique needs of each teen who seeks our care.

Self-Harm Treatment

Learn more about self-harm treatment at Southstone Behavioral Health in South Boston, VA

Adolescents may engage in self-harm for a variety of reasons. In some cases, adolescent self-harm is a symptom of a mental or behavioral health disorder. In other cases, adolescents who are harming themselves may be doing so in response to overwhelming stress or pressure, to punish themselves for perceived failures or shortcomings, as a means of exerting some control over their lives, or in an attempt to give physical form to their emotional pain.

Regardless of the cause, adolescents who are harming themselves need professional care. At Southstone Behavioral Health, adolescents ages 11-17 who have been harming themselves will complete a thorough assessment to identify the full scope of their needs, including any mental or behavioral health challenges that may have pushed them into this self-defeating behavior. This assessment will form the basis of their personalized self-harm treatment plan.

Each adolescent who receives care for self-harm at our treatment center in South Boston, VA, will have a unique experience with us. However, every young person will benefit from certain fundamental principles, such as our commitment to customized treatment, our ability to provide comprehensive solutions that address the full scope of their needs, our emphasis on family-focused services that incorporate parents and other caregivers, and our detailed discharge planning services.

Residential treatment for adolescent self-harm at Southstone Behavioral Health is a relatively short-term experience, but the benefits will extend far beyond the time that you and your child spend at our treatment center in South Boston, VA.

Why Consider Treatment

Why consider treatment for self-harm at Southstone Behavioral Health in South Boston, VA

Important note: If you believe that your child or another adolescent is in imminent danger due to self-harm, call 911, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or summon a local emergency responder.

Adolescents who engage in self-harm are at risk for an array of immediate and long-term negative effects. First, self-harm can expose an adolescent to significant physical harm. Although self-harm is, by definition, not a suicide attempt, this behavior can be fatal. Depending upon which type of self-harm an adolescent is engaging in, they may be at risk for organ damage, infections, long-term medical problems, and even immediate death.

Because self-harm is typically a secretive behavior, adolescents who harm themselves are unlikely to seek medical care. They are also likely to withdraw from friends and family members. This can deny them essential sources of personal and professional support at a time when it is most needed.

If adolescent self-harm is a symptom of a mental or behavioral health disorder, failing to seek treatment for the self-harming behavior can put the young person at risk for worsening mental or behavioral health. Even if the adolescent is not struggling with a mental or behavioral health disorder, self-harm can be evidence of emotional pain, poor self-image, or insufficient coping skills, which can cause a host of additional problems if not properly addressed.

The good news is that when an adolescent receives comprehensive treatment for self-harm at Southstone Behavioral Health, they will be in a safe and closely monitored environment. Treatment for adolescent self-harm at our center in South Boston, VA, can help young people develop the skills and strategies that will prepare them for a much healthier and more satisfying future.

Types of Treatment

Types of self-harm treatment offered at Southstone Behavioral Health in South Boston, VA

When you choose Southstone Behavioral Health for your child, you can rest assured that they’ll receive personalized treatment that identifies and addresses their unique needs. The compassionate professionals who work at our self-harm treatment center in South Boston, VA, are committed to providing focused care that prepares adolescents and their loved ones for long-term success.

Depending upon a host of personal factors, your child’s time in treatment for self-harm at Southstone Behavioral Health may include the following elements:

  • Diagnostic screenings and evaluations
  • Medication management
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Speech-language services
  • Recreational activities
  • Community-based activities
  • Vocational education
  • Special education services

As described in greater detail in the next section, comprehensive treatment for adolescent self-harm at Southstone Behavioral Health also includes detailed discharge planning services.

To learn more about how we can help adolescents overcome the urge to engage in self-harm, contact us today. A member of our team is available 24/7 to answer all your questions so that you can make the best decision for your child and your family.

Continuing Care

Continuing care and levels of treatment for self-harm

Choosing Southstone Behavioral Health can be a vital first step on your child’s path toward improved health. Our comprehensive residential treatment for adolescents who have been engaging in self-harm can help your child develop healthier coping skills and learn to manage symptoms that could push them back into self-defeating behaviors.  

However, residential treatment for adolescent self-harm will be just one part of your child’s recovery journey. To best prepare your child and your family for continued success, we’ll provide you with a detailed discharge plan prior to the day that your child transitions out of our care. 

The general goal of our discharge planning process is to guide your child’s continued progress in the weeks and months after they’ve completed residential treatment for self-harm at our center in South Boston, VA. Of course, as with all elements of care at Southstone Behavioral Health, the specific goals of your child’s discharge plan will be customized according to their unique needs and objectives. 

Depending upon a variety of personal factors, your child’s discharge plan may contain elements such as the following: a referral to step-down programming or traditional outpatient care, information about community-based services, connections with support groups for your child or your family, and other local resources. All recommendations will involve thoroughly vetted professionals, groups, or organizations that are most appropriate for your child and your family. 

For more information about discharge planning, continuing care after treatment for self-harm, or any other adolescent treatment services at Southstone Behavioral Health, please feel free to contact us at your convenience.