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Thursday, February 19, 2009 jason muhr, Community Member, asks

Q: what happens if you survive a suicide attempt? do you lose rights? become an involintary psych patie

what happens if you survive a suicide attempt? do you lose rights? become an involintary psych patient, get a custodian, or are you free on your own recognasense?

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John McManamy, Health Guide
2/21/09 3:53am

Hi, Jason. Every case is different, but I have met no end of people who have survived a suicide attempt. Typically, they are hospitalized until the danger period is over. This is usually only after a few days. Day programs and outpatient treatment generally follow, but this is voluntary. It's in your best interest to stick with treatment and counseling, but no one is going to compel you. Generally, you are free to get on with your life, which is usually the best form of therapy.

 

There are rare cases involving conservatorship, where a guardian is appointed re finances and other matters, but these typically involve people who cannot be trusted to handle their affairs, which probably does not include you. So I wouldn't worry about this.

 

You have survived something terrible. But here you are, still here. Please be assured - you have a life worth looking forward to. Be kind on yourself and have faith.

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minnie, Community Member
2/ 6/11 5:21pm

Hello,

I saw your response to Jason and I am currently dealing with a similar situation myself. My mother attempted suicide last week and is still in a mental hospital. Due to the hippa act which protects her rights the Doctors will not share any information and because of her privacy she has  choosen to avoid us (her daughters to see her) we have no knowledge of her state of being and im afraid that  she will refuse further treatment. we have all known that she has suffered from depression and has always talked about suicide since I can remember. We were just told that she will be released possibly tommorrow. My question is should she have someone stay with her at all times and how can we tell if this was just for attention or is she really mentally ill.

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Judith, Community Member
2/19/09 3:01pm

Hi Jason, when you become a danger to yourself, and attempt to take your life, court ordered treatment follows.  As I recall they send someone to see you in the hospital that explains this information to you.  When you are coherent and have the ability they may give you the opportunity to sign to be there voluntarily or if you don't sign for treatment, they can take the doctors recommendation to a judge that can order the treatment for you.  In either case, after your treatment you are released with the follow up support recommended by the hospital. They will help you or your family set you up with continued outpatient treatment prior to your release as well as your prescribed medication, as needed. 

 

Still, it is up to the treating pdoc to decide if you are still a danger to yourself and may recommend a longer stay beyond what you want.  You'll be given a patient rights book while there.  Read it.

 

Judi~

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Sean, Community Member
11/23/12 1:35pm

What are the patients and families rigths in NH after a suicide attampt

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By jason muhr, Community Member— Last Modified: 11/23/12, First Published: 02/19/09