Suicide is the No. 3 cause of death among Americans, with rates quadrupling in the past 40 years. It is a complex behavior usually caused by a combination of factors, and most people who die from suicide have a diagnosable mental or substance abuse disorder, frequently both. Risk factors include adverse life events/trauma, a family history of mental illness or substance abuse, family violence (including physical or sexual abuse), a prior suicide attempt or family history of suicide, firearms in the home, incarceration or exposure to the suicidal behavior of others, including family, peers or in the media. Fortunately, suicide is preventable. With the appropriate assessment and treatment, together with ongoing support, many can fully overcome suicidal feelings and thoughts.

Lakeside’s Adult Suicide Prevention was designed to reduce the risk of suicide by addressing psychiatric illnesses associated with increased risk of suicidal behaviors – especially mood disorders, addictions and psychological traumas. After a comprehensive psychiatric, addiction and suicide assessment, patients are assigned to the Suicide Prevention program under the supervision of an attending psychiatrist, but the total treatment team also includes a psychologist specializing in cognitive-behavioral therapy, a licensed clinical social worker specializing in trauma and EMDR and a community counselor.

The program includes:

  • Extensive Risk Assessment throughout the program
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) based trauma treatment
  • Interactive lectures
  • Continued support system for relapse prevention
  • Medication therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Trauma resolution
  • Comprehensive discharge planning