Veteran Suicidal Ideation Treatment
Suicide Prevention Program for Veterans
Military veterans and service members are more likely to develop mental health disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, or traumatic brain injury (TBI) than the average civilian. They also have a higher risk of falling into an addiction due to a mental disorder. A struggle with substance abuse or mental illness can increase the risk of suicide among veterans. It is estimated that 22% of the annual suicides that occur within the United States are veterans. At Dr. Paul's By The Sea, we offer several treatment services that focus on overcoming suicidal thoughts and prevent suicide from occurring in the future. At our St. Augustine recovery center, we can help you regain the life you lost and provide hope for you and your family.
What is Suicidal Ideation?
Suicidal ideation is a common symptom found in people who suffer from major depression or bipolar disorder. However, anyone, including those who have no mental health issues, can experience it. Suicidal ideation is the desire a person has to take their own life or continuously thinking about suicide. Many different things can contribute to suicidal thoughts, such as alcohol or drugs, relationship problems, experiencing trauma, or physical health issues.
Veterans who actively experienced trauma and have developed PTSD can find themselves falling into a deep depression and relying on substance abuse to self-medicate-making them vulnerable to feelings of hopelessness and loss of control. They can begin to believe the lie that their life is purposeless, leading them to consider suicide as their only solution. This is what's known as passive suicidal ideation.
Passive Suicidal Ideation
Active Suicidal Ideation
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Signs & Symptoms of Suicidal Ideation
Signs and symptoms that suggest a person is about to commit suicide include:
- Frequently talking about suicide or death
- Giving away possessions
- Noticeable increase in drug or alcohol abuse
- Mood Swings
- Risk-taking behavior
- Implementing the plan by accessing the means to commit suicide
- Acting in a way that suggest the person is saying goodbye
- Visible anxiousness
Joint Commission Accredited
Dr. Paul By The Sea is fully credentialed and licensed in the state of Florida by the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organization (JCAHO). JCAHO is unanimously considered the gold standard of addiction treatment by industry professionals. Knowing that the facility has obtained this certification should be a top priority for individuals to look at when researching to find the right inpatient or outpatient treatment facility for them.
We dedicate our facilities and treatment methods to ensuring that we provide the best available recovery options while maintaining professional levels of care. Please contact us today and hear how our caring staff of experts use their experience to implement evidence-based treatments to make sure each of our patients receives the most effective treatment regimens.
Our Suicide Prevention Program for Veterans
In 2019 the VA reported that nearly 6,140 United States veterans died due to suicide. In 2017 an average of 17 veterans died by suicide every day. One of the leading causes of death in veterans is suicide. Many of the reasons that lead veterans to attempt suicide are mental illness and substance use disorders (SUD). Both are treatable, and with the proper care, veterans and active military service members can begin to rebuild the lives they thought they had lost.
The Veterans Crisis Line or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers immediate help if you think about taking your own life. At Dr. Paul's By The Sea, we can give you the long term help you need to overcome your addiction and give you tools to manage a mental disorder. When we treat both the psychological and physical aspects of either disorder, you will begin to see a noticeable change in your thought process. We can help you positively impact how you choose to see the world and your place in it.
If you or a loved one struggles with thoughts of suicide, please call 911 or contact the suicide prevention hotline. Our St. Augustine Rehab is here to help you in any capacity; call or contact us for more information about our suicide prevention services and our treatment plan for mental disorders and substance abuse.