How We Help with Suicidal Ideation
For several weeks, Michael has been threatening to take his own life. His family, heartbroken, doesn’t know how to react. Despite his parent’s repeated outreach to try and show him how much he means to them, and how painful it would be to lose a child to suicide, he seems unaffected. His parents are left dumbfounded, not know how to react. Is this just normal teen angst, or is something more serious going on? All they knew is it’s hard to even think of Michael wanting to kill himself, and having to go through life without the son they love so much.
Teens with behaviors similar to Hannah’s may be diagnosed with Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD), which is a pattern of defiant behavior, irrationally angry mood and even possible vindictiveness lasting at least six months. ODD does not resolve itself, and if left untreated may become progressively more severe.
How We Can Help
While outpatient programs are sufficient for some, many youth struggling with ODD may require a higher level of support to see noticeable improvements. Family Help and Wellness offers innovative, immersive programs based on a solid foundation of industry recognized best practices. Our highly skilled therapists will work with your child as they experience anger outbursts, irritability build up, and stressful situations to help them develop the skills needed to process these situations in a healthy way. In all our programs, particularly wilderness immersion, students will have the opportunity to work through destructive behaviors with focused support, and build the skills and positive outlook needed to carry healthy behavior into the future.
By combining methodologies such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), behavior modification, individual therapy and skills training we can help your child learn to cope with stressful situations in a healthy way, rather than resorting to regular outbursts. Medication may also be used, when appropriate, to help manage symptoms. Each child receives an individualized plan tailored to their unique needs upon entry. In addition, we believe family therapy is a key component of therapy success long-term, and can help to alleviate the underlying causes of many issues. Our clinicians help to equip parents with the tools needed to set effective boundaries and reinforce positive behavior when the child returns home. Youth leave our programs equipped with the skills and outlook they’ll need to manage their feelings in a healthy way, and build stronger relationships with family and friends.
There are two main forms of suicidal ideation: active and passive. While “passive ideation” involves thoughts of death or a wish to die, “active ideation” involves an existing wish to die accompanied by a plan for how to carry out the death.
Signs Your Child May Have
- Mood Swings
- Social Withdrawals
- Self-destructive Behaviors
- Personality Changes
- Preoccupied with Death/Dying
- Changing Normal Routine
- Giving Away Possessions
- Increased Substance Use