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 Cedar Crest Hospital & Residential Treatment Center 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 Cedar Crest Hospital & Residential Treatment Center.

  • 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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Suicidal Ideation Treatment Center & Hospital in Belton, TX

Cedar Crest Hospital & Residential Treatment Center helps individuals who are struggling with suicidal ideations find long-term recovery. Located in Belton, TX, Cedar Crest is the leader in mental health care.

Suicidal Ideation Treatment

Learn more about suicidal ideation treatment at Cedar Crest Hospital & Residential Treatment Center in Belton, TX

Suicidal thoughts are complicated. Maybe you’re feeling suicidal because you just experienced a major loss – the loss of a loved one, major life changes, or loss of independence – and you feel like suicide is the only way to end the pain you’re in. Maybe you feel like your life has no purpose, that you’re alone in this world. You’ve lost all hope for the future and can’t see a solution for the problems you’re up against. You’re lonely, isolated, and feel like you have no one to turn to. You may feel alone, but you’re not – many people have felt that suicide was the only way out. It’s not.

At Cedar Crest, a hospital for suicidal ideation treatment in Belton, we understand that suicidal thoughts and behaviors don’t make you weak or flawed; you’re a normal person coping with overwhelming emotional pain. When you come to us, we’ll work alongside you, using your unique strengths and assets to help you form a strong foundation that you can build upon for years to come. At our treatment center, we will go above and beyond to help you feel safe and secure as you begin your journey of healing in our comforting, serene environment. We offer free, confidential assessments from a master’s level clinician 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

How to Help a Loved One

Helping a loved one get treatment for suicidal ideations

If your loved one is struggling with thoughts of suicide, this is a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment. Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. The following are signs you should look for if you suspect your loved one is contemplating ending his or her life:

  • Talking about dying by suicide
  • Seeking out lethal means
  • Preoccupation with death or dying
  • Hopelessness
  • Self-loathing
  • Getting affairs in order and saying goodbye to loved ones
  • Sudden sense of calm and happiness after extreme depression and/or hopelessness
  • Forming a plan to die by suicide

If your loved one or family member tells you that he or she is thinking about suicide, assess the immediacy of this emergency by asking the following questions:

  • PLAN: “Do you have a suicide plan?”
  • MEANS: “Do you have all that you need to act upon this plan?”
  • TIME: “Do you know when you’d act on your plan?”
  • INTENT: “Do you intend to die by suicide?”

If your loved one can answer all of these questions easily, the risk is extremely high for suicide. This is an emergency:

  • Contact your nearest emergency room and police
  • Remove any lethal means such as guns, drugs, knives, medications, and other lethal objects from your loved one’s immediate vicinity
  • Do not let the suicidal person out of your sight for even a moment
  • While you wait for the police or ambulance, talk calmly to your loved one. Tell him or her how much you care, how you’ll get through this together, and how things will get better – the future is a bright place
Why Consider Treatment

Why consider treatment for suicidal ideations at Cedar Crest Hospital & Residential Treatment Center in Belton, TX

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 1 million people die by suicide each year. For every completed suicide, at least six suicide survivors remain, struggling with complicated grief. A person who is experiencing suicidal ideations may not ask outright for help, but this does not mean they don’t need it. Suicide can be seen as a means to an end for people who are struggling with suicidal thoughts, and research has demonstrated that most people coping with suicidal feelings do not actually wish to die – they just want the overwhelming emotional pain to go away. If you suspect that a loved one intends to die by suicide, an inpatient treatment center that has much experience helping those with suicidal ideation is the best, safest option for care.

An inpatient treatment center for people who are struggling with suicidal ideation is the best way to handle these thoughts and behaviors. An inpatient environment will allow you to escape the stresses of your life and focus upon the challenges that are causing the suicidal feelings. You’ll learn coping strategies for dealing with the troubles in your life that you will be able to build upon in the years to come. Most importantly, you’ll be safe and secure, surrounded by compassionate, caring people who will help you learn the tools needed to lead a happy, healthy life.

Our Philosophy

Cedar Crest Hospital & Residential Treatment Center philosophy and benefits

At Cedar Crest, a suicidal thoughts treatment center in Belton, we are committed to providing evidence-based, quality behavioral healthcare for children, adolescents, adults, older adults, military active duty, and families struggling with suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Our inpatient treatment center provides intensive psychiatric care designed to stabilize a person who is in crisis and in need of our compassionate, safe environment. We’ll create an individualized plan of care for each client we treat, always going the extra mile to ensure that all who come to us are secure and supported long after they have left our center.

Types of Treatment

Types of suicidal ideation treatment offered at Cedar Crest Hospital & Residential Treatment Center in Belton, TX

When you come to us for help, you’ll be immediately evaluated for safety and undergo a number of evaluations that will help steer your course of treatment. Our medical evaluation will allow us to diagnose and treat any medical conditions you may be suffering from and evaluate and treat the severity of any suicidal acts. The psychological evaluation can help us diagnose any mental health disorders you’re facing and begin treatment for these disorders. We’ll use the results of your evaluations to create an individualized treatment plan that will meet all of your needs.

Medication may be used to help stabilize your symptoms and allow you to fully engage in your care. You may be prescribed anxiolytic medication to provide relief from anxiety, antidepressants to treat depression, or other medications that will allow us to treat any co-occurring mental health disorders. While some people may be on medication for a short time, then tapered off, most will require long-term medication management.

Individual therapy helps you deal with your suicidal thoughts. Our therapists will provide one-on-one therapeutic guidance to help you confront your challenges and teach you more adaptive coping skills. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the types of therapy we’ll use during individual sessions. CBT can help you learn to identify your negative thoughts and replace them with more adaptive ways of coping.

Group therapy can be very helpful for people who are struggling with thoughts of suicide. Suicidal thoughts can be intensely isolating and group therapy will help you connect with others who understand the challenges you face. Together you’ll work to discover new coping skills, develop appropriate ways to deal with stress, and learn more about medications and co-occurring disorders.

Family therapy is important to your recovery as the support of your loved ones can make a tremendous difference in your continued healing. Through family sessions, we’ll educate your loved ones about suicide and your recovery, provide emotional support to you and your loved ones, and allow for a frank discussion of any family dynamics that may have led to your suicidal thoughts or behaviors. We’ll also provide your loved ones with referrals to outpatient therapy and community resources as needed.

In addition to providing you with traditional therapeutic modalities, we’ll also help to heal the whole person by utilizing experiential therapies. These methods may include:

  • Yoga
  • Art
  • Swimming pool
Continuing Care

Continuing care and levels of treatment for suicidal ideations

Our hospital in Belton is proud to offer a number of treatment options designed to help children, teens, adults, older adults, active duty military personnel, and their families struggling with suicidal ideations. We are available 24/7 to offer a helping hand to those in need. When it has been determined that you no longer require the structure of inpatient center, you and your loved ones will meet with a social worker to discuss your continuing care options. We will provide you with information about local support services for suicidal ideation and co-occurring disorders, help you cope with the transition to your next level of care, and assist you in creating continued treatment goals to ensure continuity of care and treatment. You may opt to step down into a structured outpatient treatment option such as an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) or Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), both of which will allow you to focus on your recovery during the day while returning to your home in the evenings. If you feel you’ve made enough progress during your stay, we can refer you to our traditional outpatient therapy clinic to help coordinate your plan of care post-discharge.

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I would constantly have suicidal ideations to the point where it felt like I couldn't live life normally. Fortunately, the staff at Cedar Crest was able to help me break free and now I look forward to each day.

– Anonymous Patient
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