Treatment For Suicidal Ideation At ORC

Manish Mishra, MBBS

Medically Reviewed By: Manish Mishra, MBBS

on May 16, 2024

If you are experiencing suicidal ideation or thoughts about killing yourself, it’s important to seek professional care. Treatment at Ohio Recovery Center provides the tools and other resources necessary for addressing suicidal ideation and any underlying mental health issues.

Suicidal ideation is a broad term that describes a range of preoccupations, wishes, and contemplations of suicide and death that may or may not lead to suicide attempts. If you are having thoughts about killing yourself, it’s important to seek medical care. Immediate assistance is available 24/7 by calling 988, the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.

Treatment at Ohio Recovery Center can help prevent a mental health crisis from occurring or offer stabilization and long-term recovery following a crisis. 

Our compassionate care team includes both medical and clinical professionals for a multidisciplinary approach to lasting recovery and improved mental health. Inpatient treatment offers around-the-clock supervision and care to ensure our clients’ safety, comfort, and well-being.

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Suicidal Ideation Treatment Options

If you are seeking mental health treatment, consider Ohio Recovery Center’s comprehensive residential program in the serene countryside of northwest Ohio.

Our intensive, short-term program starts with a full psychiatric assessment to identify all of your treatment needs, including diagnosis of any underlying mental health disorders such as depression or bipolar disorder, psychiatric monitoring and other stabilization services, medication management, individual and group therapy, family counseling and psychoeducation, case management, aftercare planning, and more. 

Treatment at our beautiful 55-acre campus includes plenty of opportunities for recreation and wellness activities like hiking, cookouts, yoga, sports, and more, offering a holistic experience for healing the body, mind, and spirit. 


If your care team diagnoses an underlying mental health disorder, they will most likely offer treatment in the form of psychiatric medication. For example, people with depression experiencing suicidal ideation may benefit from an antidepressant. 

Medication management services, such as those provided at ORC, include monitoring to ensure that the desired outcomes are achieved, with few or no side effects. Prescriptions or dosages are adjusted as required.


Talk therapy is a key aspect of mental health treatment, offering you the chance to explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe, supportive space with a licensed mental health professional.

Evidence-based therapy options may include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), the latter of which has proved to be especially beneficial for people at risk of suicide. Therapy sessions may take place in individual or group settings, or with family members participating.

Other Treatment Options

There are also other treatment options that may be beneficial for people experiencing suicidal ideation. 

Learn About Suicidal Ideation

Suicidal ideation consists of a person experiencing suicidal thoughts, whether they act on them or not. People with suicidal ideation should seek treatment right away to avoid suicide attempts.

Types Of Suicidal Ideation

There are two types of suicidal ideation. 

Passive suicidal ideation involves suicidal thoughts, but the person has no plan to attempt suicide.

With active suicidal ideation, the person does have the intention to die by suicide and may have a plan or method in mind for doing so.


Suicidal ideation is not considered a mental health disorder, but it does indicate poor mental health and can be a symptom of a mental health disorder, such as depression. Suicidal ideation can occur in adolescents and adults. 

To determine the cause of suicidal thoughts, a psychiatrist or other medical professional may perform an assessment, which can help in the diagnosis of a mental health disorder or help identify other underlying causes, such as a side effect of a recently prescribed medication.

Signs & Symptoms

There are various warning signs that a loved one is experiencing suicidal ideation and needs help.

Some of these include:

  • talking about death frequently
  • isolating themselves from others
  • saying they feel like a burden
  • turning to substance use
  • telling you they are thinking about suicide

These signs can result in a successful suicide attempt if intervention doesn’t happen. Suicidal ideation may also lead to impulsivity that can have serious ramifications.

Risk Factors 

People with a mental health disorder such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or borderline personality disorder, as well as those with a family history of major depression or substance abuse, have an increased risk of experiencing suicidal thoughts.

Suicide has been connected with other forms of violence. People who have experienced bullying or child abuse may have a higher suicide risk.

Statistics on suicide from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other sources include:

  • Suicide rates increased in the U.S. by 36% from 2001 to 2021.
  • In 2022, 49,449 Americans died by suicide, an increase of approximately 2.6% from 2021.
  • Suicide is the 14th leading cause of death in Ohio.
  • In 2020, 55% of all suicides were caused by firearms.
  • In 2021, suicide was the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-14 and 20-34.
  • Certain groups have higher suicide rates, including veterans, young people who identify as LGBTQ+, and people who reside in rural communities.

These include:

  • short-term inpatient treatment for the person’s safety and care
  • removing access to lethal means in the person’s home
  • helping to remove stressors from the person’s life
  • a personalized safety plan, such as family members making supportive phone calls

Some people may also find support groups to be helpful, providing a connection with peers and a broader perspective on recovery.

Find Mental Health Treatment At ORC

To learn more about our residential treatment programs for mental health, please contact us today.

  1. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention — Ohio State Facts
  2. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention — When Someone is at Risk
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — Facts About Suicide
  4. National Alliance on Mental Illness — How to Help Yourself and Others with Suicidal Ideation
  5. National Alliance on Mental Illness — Risk of Suicide
  6. National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus — Suicidal and Suicidal Behavior
  7. National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus — Suicide
  8. National Library of Medicine: StatPearls — Suicidal Ideation
  9. Medical Clinics of North America — Psychiatric Emergencies: Assessing and Managing Suicidal Ideation
  10. Paediatrics Child Health — Suicidal Ideation and Behavior

Written by Ohio Recovery Center Editorial Team

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* This page does not provide medical advice.

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