Treatment

How to Handle Suicidal Patients

As a mental health practitioner, you are bound to encounter suicidal patients from time to time. Some of these may be patients who have been rescued in the course of attempted suicide. Others may be patients who have not yet gotten to the point of attempting to take their own lives, but who nonetheless have suicidal ideation in their minds. Either way, the patients have to be handled in a special way.

Prioritizing the treatment of suicidal patients

The treatment of suicidal patients needs to be prioritized. In most cases, the people who attempt suicide tend to have underlying depressive disorders. Therefore, the appropriate antidepressant medications have to be identified, for use in the treatment of the said patients. Then the right doses have to be worked out, and the treatment plans implemented urgently.

Using a multi-faceted approach to the treatment of suicidal patients

Besides medication, it is often necessary to use counseling and behavioral therapy (alongside cognitive therapy) in the treatment of suicidal patients. So this is what is referred to as a multi-faceted approach in the treatment of suicidal patients. It is not enough to just prescribe anti-depressant medications for the patients. Sometimes, you have to go further, and address the issues that are driving the people to have suicidal thoughts. Often, those turn out to be simple practical issues. It may be, for instance, a case where a person recently went to my employee login portal and signed in – only to find that he had lost his job. And that is what is driving him to have suicidal ideation. In that case, besides giving him anti-depressant medication, you have to help him think of alternative things he can do to get another job.

Keeping a watchful eye on the suicidal patients

Before the medication takes effect, the patients will still be having suicidal ideation. Hence the need to keep a watchful eye on them (by, for instance, keeping them in specially designed wards, and ensuring that there is always a nurse watching over them).

Notifying the authorities about suicidal patients

This is tricky, given the issues that surround doctor-patient confidentiality. But it is often necessary to notify the authorities about patients who have suicidal ideation – although the need for this has to be evaluated on a case by case basis.

How to Finance the Treatment of Suicidal Patients

The treatment of suicidal patients tends to be quite costly. Usually, suicidal patients have to be treated using expensive anti-depressant medications, on a long-term basis. Furthermore, suicidal patients have to be taken through numerous (expensive) counseling sessions. All these cost a lot of money. And the question that comes up is as to how such treatment can be financed. That is the question we will be addressing in today’s article, as we look at the options that are available when it comes to financing the treatment of suicidal patients.

The patient’s relatives

One option that is available, when it comes to financing the treatment of suicidal patients, is the one where the cost of treatment can be catered for by the patient’s relatives. If, for instance, the patient in question is a teenager, and his parents work for a company like, say, Walmart, they can decide to use their earnings to finance his treatment. The parent in question may go to the site where he usually accesses his Walmartone schedule (that is, the Walmart employees portal), and sign in through the Wm1 login page. He may then visit the ‘financials’ section, to see how much money he is expecting in the next paycheck, so as to figure out how much money he can devote to the kid’s treatment…

Charitable organizations

Another option that is available, with respect to financing the treatment of suicidal patients, is where the cost of treatment can be catered for by charitable organizations. There are charitable organizations that specifically deal with these matters, and they can be of great help – especially for patients whose relatives are totally unable to cater for the treatment costs.

The patient’s own resources

Yet another way in which the treatment of suicidal patients can be financed is through the use of the patients’ own resources. Sometimes, the suicidal patients turn out to be people of means.

Government assistance

At yet another level, we often see the government chipping in, towards the treatment of suicidal patients. There are programs specifically designed to cater for such costs. Those too can come in hand in financing the treatment — especially for patients who are able to demonstrate that they are truly needy.