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

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

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.

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South Boston’s Leading Suicidal Ideation Treatment Center for Adolescents

Southstone Behavioral Health Hospital is Virginia’s leader in suicidal ideation 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.

Suicidal Ideation Treatment

Learn more about suicidal ideation treatment at Southstone Behavioral Health in South Boston, VA

Any adolescent who experiences suicidal ideation should be brought to the attention of a qualified mental or behavioral healthcare provider. In some cases, adolescent suicidal ideation can be a symptom of a mental or behavioral health disorder. In other cases, thoughts of suicide may develop in response to stress, pressure, or certain other external factors. Regardless of why an adolescent has been experiencing thoughts of suicide, effective professional treatment is necessary.

At Southstone Behavioral Health, adolescents ages 11-17 can receive comprehensive residential treatment for suicidal ideation. Each adolescent who heals at our suicidal ideation treatment center in South Boston, Virginia, completes a thorough assessment to identify the full scope of their needs. This assessment allows our treatment team to develop a personalized treatment plan for each adolescent who is entrusted to our care.

In addition to offering an individualized experience to each adolescent who heals with us, we also place great emphasis on incorporating parents, guardians, and other caregivers into treatment. We understand that adolescent suicidal ideation can have a profound impact on the entire family, and we also appreciate the important role that loved ones can play in the effort to help an adolescent overcome thoughts of suicide.

Why Consider Treatment

Why consider treatment for suicidal ideation at Southstone Behavioral Health in South Boston, VA

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

Once your child is out of imminent danger, you can evaluate treatment options for adolescents who have been struggling with suicidal ideation.

Clearly, the risk that your child may act on their thoughts of suicide is the most significant concern. But the impact of untreated suicidal ideation is not limited to the danger that an adolescent will attempt to end their own life. For example, adolescents who struggle with suicidal ideation may withdraw from family and friends. Their resultant isolation can deprive them of essential interpersonal support at a time when it is most needed.

Adolescents who have been having thoughts of suicide may also be at risk for additional mental and physical health challenges. If their suicidal ideation is a symptom of a mental or behavioral health disorder, failing to get effective treatment can cause other symptoms of these disorders to become more severe. Thoughts of suicide may prompt adolescents to neglect their physical well-being. Poor diet, substandard levels of exercise, and disrupted sleep patterns can lead to an array of physical health problems and can also contribute to worsening mental health.

When an adolescent receives effective residential treatment for suicidal ideation, they can experience profound improvements in the substance and quality of their life. In addition to eliminating the risk that they may harm themselves, residential treatment for suicidal ideation can empower young people to achieve improved health, develop better coping skills, and make significant gains in many other areas of their life.

If your child has been experiencing thoughts of suicide, Southstone Behavioral Health may be the optimal treatment environment. Our suicidal ideation treatment center in South Boston, Virginia, offers a broad scope of evidence-based, research-supported interventions, customized to provide maximum benefit to each young person.

Types of Treatment

Types of suicidal ideation treatment offered at Southstone Behavioral Health in South Boston, VA

Adolescents who have been struggling with suicidal ideation deserve comprehensive, personalized treatment. At Southstone Behavioral Health, young people who have been having thoughts of suicide receive exactly this type of care. When you choose our suicidal ideation treatment center in South Boston, Virginia, you and your child will work with a team of experienced and compassionate professionals who are committed to providing the focused services that promote long-term healing.

Depending upon your child’s unique strengths, needs, and goals, their customized treatment plan may include the following elements:

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

To learn more about how Southstone Behavioral Health can help adolescents who have been struggling with thoughts of suicide, or for additional information about any aspect of our programming, please contact us today. A member of our team is available 24/7 to answer all your questions and help you determine if our treatment center is the perfect place for your child.

Continuing Care

Continuing care and levels of treatment for suicidal ideation

Treatment at Southstone Behavioral Health can be an essential experience for adolescents who have been struggling with thoughts of suicide. But we understand that the time that a young person spends at our treatment center in South Boston, Virginia, will be just one part of their recovery journey.  

To ensure that each adolescent is best prepared to experience sustained success following their time with us, we employ a thorough discharge planning process. This process begins the day your child enters treatment with us. By the time your child is ready to transition out of our care, our team will have prepared the personalized plan that will guide your child’s continued progress. 

Depending upon a host of individual factors, your child’s discharge plan may include a referral for step-down programming, information about community-based services, connections with peer or family support groups, and other valuable resources. As with all elements of your child’s treatment for suicidal ideation at our center in South Boston, Virginia, their discharge plan will be customized to meet their unique needs. 

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