Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
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 Crestwyn 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 Crestwyn 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.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and 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

Learn About The Symptoms & Causes of Suicidal Ideation

Many individuals struggling with mental health disorders are often times dealing with suicidal ideation. Crestwyn offers treatment for suicidal ideation in a safe and healing environment.

Understanding More About Suicidal Ideation

Suicidal ideation refers to the presence of pervasive thoughts about ending one’s own life. The existence of such thoughts can range in severity from fleeting considerations to the devising of intricate plans as to how one would go about ending his or her own life. The presence of suicidal ideation, while devastating, does not mean that a person will follow through on his or her thoughts and actually attempt suicide. Yet there always exists the possibility that an individual will cross the fine line between thoughts and action. For this reason, it is imperative that individuals who are plagued by thoughts of suicide receive treatment as early as possible so as to prevent such a tragic outcome.

Statistics

It is impossible to accurately decipher the true prevalence of suicidal ideation, as this is not something that is visible or always discussed. However, there has been much research conducted on the prevalence of suicidal behaviors, which can be the devastating result of prolonged suicidal ideation. Among children and adolescents between the ages of 10 and 14, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that suicide is the fourth leading cause of death. Among young people between the ages of 15 and 25, it is the third leading cause of death, for adults between the ages of 25 and 34, it is the second, and for those between the ages of 25 and 54, it is the fourth leading of cause of death.

Causes and Risk Factors for Suicidal Ideation

Many researchers have concluded that the risk of suicidal ideation is the result of a combination of a person’s genetic makeup, family background, certain environmental elements, and other possible risk factors. These factors are outlined briefly in the following:

Genetic: While one’s risk suicidal ideation itself is not genetic, the mental health conditions of which suicidal thoughts can be symptomatic may be hereditary in nature. Conditions such as bipolar disorder and depressive disorders are known to elicit thoughts of suicide, and the development of these disorders can occur when an individual possesses a genetic predisposition for them.

Environmental: Certain environmental factors can greatly impact the development of suicidal ideation. Being the victim of bullying, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect can all serve to greatly decrease a person’s self-esteem and feelings of self-worth, potentially eliciting thoughts of wanting to end his or her own life. Additionally, being the victim of such travesties can also cause individuals to imagine putting an end to their pain and suffering, which could elicit the onset of suicidal thoughts and behaviors as well.

Risk Factors:

  • Personal history of mental illness
  • Family history of depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, or other types of mental illness
  • Being the victim of bullying
  • Being the victim of abuse and/or neglect
  • Lacking a healthy support system
  • Personal or family history of substance abuse
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Having a friend or loved one commit suicide

Signs and Symptoms of Suicidal Ideation

When individuals are suffering from suicidal ideation, it is not always obvious to those around them. Yet there are some psychosocial, cognitive, physical, and behavioral symptoms that may arise that could indicate that such thoughts are plaguing a person. As such, it is important to take note of these possible warning signs should one suspect that someone in his or her life is struggling with suicidal ideation:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Engaging in self-harm or otherwise reckless behaviors
  • No longer participating in activities or hobbies that one once enjoyed
  • Giving away one’s possessions
  • Talking or writing about death
  • Drafting suicide notes
  • Isolating oneself
  • Chronic absences from work or school
  • Abusing drugs and/or alcohol

Physical symptoms:

  • Panic attacks
  • Fluctuations in weight
  • Changes in eating patterns
  • Hypersomnia or insomnia
  • Injuries that result from self-injury
  • Changes in one’s physical appearance, such as no longer caring about how one looks or suddenly lacking proper hygiene
  • Decline in the ability to experience pleasure

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Chronic, invasive, and unwanted thoughts about death
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Memory impairment

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Feelings of helplessness
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Periods of emotional detachment
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Irritability

Effects of Suicidal Ideation

Ongoing suicidal ideation has the potential to cause significant detriments in the lives of individuals who are plagued by these intrusive thoughts. Examples of such detriments can include:

  • Social withdrawal and isolation, potentially resulting in family discord, marital strife, and other disturbances within important relationships and friendships
  • Decline in academic or occupational performance, potentially resulting in academic failure or job loss
  • Deteriorating self-esteem, leading to worsening of self-destructive thoughts and behaviors
  • Making attempts at suicide
  • Beginning to abuse drugs and/or alcohol, possibly resulting in the development of an addiction

Additionally, the longer that individuals continue to suffer from suicidal ideation, the more likely they are to begin engaging in self-harming behaviors. This can result in many different types of physical trauma. Depending on the particular means of self-harm that one engages in, the following effects may occur:

  • Permanent scarring
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Tissue damage
  • Broken bones
  • Paralysis
  • Brain damage
  • Damage to vital organs
  • Organ failure
  • Unintentional death

Co-Occurring Disorders

When an individual is suffering from ongoing thoughts of wanting to end his or her life, it is likely that he or she is suffering from a mental health disorder that has caused the onset of such thoughts. Some of the most common mental health conditions that are associated with the presence of suicidal ideation as a symptom include:

  • Major depressive disorder
  • Persistent depressive disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Eating disorders
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Substance use disorders

This was the best place I could have ever chosen to go get help at! Unlike other behavioral health places in the Memphis area, Crestwyn is a very nice facility staffed with the kindest and most helpful people ever!

– Former Patient