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 Conway Behavioral Health | 2255 Sturgis Road Conway AR 72034 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 Conway Behavioral Health | 2255 Sturgis Road Conway AR 72034.

  • 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.

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Signs & Symptoms of Suicidal Ideation

Get in front of suicidal thoughts by learning their effects. Read what causes suicidal ideation, what signs to look out for, and potential co-occurring disorders. Suicidal ideation can affect our thoughts, feelings, and actions. Understanding your symptoms is the first step to successful healing.
Understanding Suicidal Ideation

Learn about suicidal ideation

Suicidal ideation is the term that is used by clinicians and other treatment professionals to describe having thoughts of ending your own life.

Suicidal ideation is not a form of mental illness, but it can be a symptom of a variety of mental health disorders. In some cases, suicidal ideation occurs in the aftermath of overwhelming stress or a traumatic event. In other cases, such thoughts develop in association with depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or several other mental health disorders.

No matter why you have been experiencing suicidal ideation, it is important to know that effective professional care can help you experience relief, both from the thoughts themselves and from the underlying cause of your emotional torment.


Statistics for suicidal ideation

Since suicidal ideation refers to thoughts, it is impossible to accurately document the number of people who have struggled with this problem. However, data collected by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) indicates the prevalence of suicidal thoughts:

  • More than 44,000 Americans end their own lives every year.
  • Experts estimate that for every completed suicide in the U.S., 25 others attempt to end their lives, but do not complete the act.
  • More than 490,000 people visit a hospital in the United States every year because of a self-inflicted injury.
  • The national suicide rate in the U.S. has increased every year for the past 10 years.

Causes & Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for suicidal ideation

As indicated earlier on this page, suicidal ideation may be symptomatic of a mental health disorder. However, identifying the root cause of suicidal thoughts is a complex pursuit that may involve a variety of internal and external influences, often acting in combination. The following are among the many factors that can increase your risk for suicidal ideation:

  • Age (suicide in the United States is most common among adults between the ages of 45 and 65)
  • Gender (experts estimate that women experience suicidal ideation at a greater rate than men do; however, men die by suicide at a much higher rate than women do)
  • Family history of mental illness (especially anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, and bipolar disorder among parents or siblings)
  • Personal history of mental illness and/or substance abuse
  • Enduring trauma such as the death of a loved one, the end of a significant relationship, or the loss of a job
  • Experiencing abuse and/or neglect during childhood
  • Insufficient stress management capabilities

Signs & Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of suicidal ideation

A person who has been experiencing suicidal ideation may display a wide range of signs and symptoms, including but not limited to the following:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Pulling away from friends and family members
  • Talking or writing often about death and dying
  • Making statements that indicate a pervasive sense of helplessness and/or hopelessness
  • Reducing or ending involvement in significant events or activities
  • Acting with uncharacteristic recklessness and/or intentionally placing oneself in danger

Physical symptoms:

  • Sleeping excessively (hypersomnia) or having trouble sleeping (insomnia)
  • Heightened or diminished appetite, and resultant change in weight
  • Apparent neglect of grooming and personal hygiene
  • Uncharacteristic bursts of energy
  • Persistent fatigue, and/or lethargy

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Persistent thoughts of death and dying
  • Problems concentrating or focusing
  • Impaired memory

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Inability to experience pleasure
  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Diminished self-esteem and/or self-worth
  • Dramatic mood swings
  • Uncharacteristic outbursts of anger


Effects of suicidal ideation

The most obvious risk related to suicidal ideation is that these thoughts will lead to an actual suicide attempt. However, if you fail to get effective professional care to help you overcome thoughts of suicide, you may also expose yourself to a range of other negative outcomes, including but not limited to the following:

  • Self-harm
  • Permanent physical and/or cognitive damage
  • Diminished performance in school and/or at work
  • Academic failure
  • Job loss and unemployment
  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Onset or exacerbation of mental health disorders
  • Diminished self-esteem
  • Persistent sense of hopelessness and helplessness
  • Social withdrawal and isolation

Co-Occurring Disorders

Suicidal ideations & co-occurring disorders

As noted in other sections on this page, having suicidal thoughts may be an indication that you have developed a mental health disorder. The following are among the many forms of mental illness with symptoms that can include suicidal ideation:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depressive disorders
  • Schizophrenia