Don’t Fail the Depressed
If I have to sit down with every hospital in the area as a teaching tool, then I will.
NO ONE THREATENING SUICIDE SHOULD BE KEPT FOR TWENTY MINUTES AND THEN DISCHARGED WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO SEE YOUR THERAPIST/PCP IN THE MORNING!!!
McLaren failed him so hard that I'm pretty much embarrassed to have them as my Medicaid provider; and if it wouldn't upend the hell out of my life to do so, I'd probably change.
Two pieces of advice from someone who has been diagnosed with major depressive affective disorder, recurrent episode, in partial or unspecified remission:
1. Hospitals have instituted a policy of a seventy-two hour psych hold. Use it! He might have still committed suicide after the hold was over. Or maybe they would have gotten him to the ward at Saint Lawrence, into Pine Rest or the place in Owosso. We'll never know.
2. Unless the parent/caretaker says otherwise, the answer is always no. No, you can't leave the hospital. No, you can't go potty by yourself. No, you can't stop taking your meds–if something is bothering you, we'll have the doctor adjust it. Depression and anxiety are ugly, scary monsters that you have to fight however you can–even if it's the use of a simple two-letter word.
My new mantra? If I wasn't failed, why was Ian?
Mom of teen who committed suicide: "I'm going to make sure Ian's life has purpose"