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Suicide Prevention and Treatment for Young Adults

Approaches to Suicide Prevention and Treatment for Young Adults

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Posted Under: For Families, Treatment Insights

Clinically Reviewed by: Amanda Fialk, PhD, LCSW, LICSW


Suicide prevention and treatment are imperative all year long and it is especially important for young adults who are a high-risk and vulnerable population. At The Dorm, up to 30% of our clients have experienced or continue to struggle with suicidal ideation as a result of their clinical diagnosis or other symptoms. 

With the right clinical interventions and systems in place, there is so much that can be done to support young adults and to ensure that protective coping skills are being utilized. 

Here is what we offer at our treatment community:

24/7 Skills Therapy by Licensed Professionals 

All clients at The Dorm have access to regular skills therapy that is done by licensed mental health practitioners who actively work with clients to develop and fortify the skills they need to manage triggers, learn coping skills and problem solve. In addition, we offer emergency skills therapy support after hours that are available to clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As triggers can often surface “outside normal business hours” when a young adult might find themselves alone or when there is less structure and distraction, our skills therapists are available to help them work through any moments of distress and interrupt any trigger-response patterns. Parents and family members also have access to skills therapists so that they can report any concerning behaviors or communications with their child that may be taking place after-hours. 

24/7 On-Call Hotline 

We provide a 24/7 hotline service to our clients where the individual on the other end of the line is always a licensed clinician that is part of the regular treatment team and never an operator or an external consultant. 

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

One of the most important protective factors against suicide is making sure that an individual receives the proper clinical care they need for any mental, physical, or substance use disorder. Every client we see at The Dorm receives an individualized clinical treatment plan and one of the core treatment modalities we use is DBT. As an evidence-based psychotherapy, DBT was originally developed to treat borderline personality disorder but has since been proven effective at helping clients with a variety of diagnoses, including those experiencing suicidal ideation. At The Dorm, we offer regular and comprehensive DBT which focuses on teaching our clients to learn how to regulate their emotions, use interpersonal skills, and effectively cope with crises. 

Community Support is an Essential Suicide Prevention Factor

Community and connection are always important, but it is especially integral as a protective measure to prevent suicide and suicidal ideation. At The Dorm, our Clubhouse is open to all of our clients between 9 AM and 5 PM. The Clubhouse is a safe and supported space where our young adults can connect, socialize, or simply “be” together outside their scheduled groups or individual therapy sessions. It offers opportunities for connection, socialization, fun, and distraction and is always monitored by a member of the team. 

Emergency Response for Suicide Prevention

For anyone, including a client, who is feeling actively suicidal or who poses a danger to themselves or others, 911 must be called. 

If you or someone you know is considering suicide and needs support, help is available. 

  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 
  • Crisis Text Line: Text “Start” to 741-741 OR Text “Steve” to 741-741 to be connected to a crisis counselor with additional expertise supporting young people of color 
  • Trevor Lifeline: 1 (866) 488-7386 – Phone support for LGBTQ youth available 24/7 
  • Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860 – Support for transgender people, by transgender people

Do you or a loved one need help with mental health?

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