My Stay at a Mental Hospital

My Stay at a Mental Hospital

Hello,

I’m a thirteen year old and I was admitted to KidsPeace about a month ago. My stay was only supposed to be for 72 hours but we all know how that works out. I ended up staying there for at the least 8 days. It was helpful and I received good advice from a psychiatrist about maybe getting medication. I know a lot of people don’t think it works but I promise you it really does. KidsPeace is not an easy fix. It is there to get you to become stable and to learn coping skills. My situation was that I wasn’t listening very well and I was acting out. But, little did my parents understand, it was because I was suicidal. I really didn’t care about anything or anyone. I know that may sound sad and It was, but it wasn’t for me at the time. Now that I look back at it I understand it was sad. I wish I could be a carefree teenager who doesn’t have to put a mask on to help make everyone else happy. I wish I could just wake up one day and not have to fight the battle of depression, anxiety, PTSD and more. I wish I could just be happy because that would be great. I don’t know how happiness could be gone in a blink of an eye. It really makes me upset. One of the things I did was cut my wrists. Thank you for listening to my struggles. If you have any ideas on how to help me overcome my crisis please let me know. That would mean the world to me.

CONSIDER THIS:

  • Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with KidsPeace. It is not easy to share your story with anyone and let alone asking for help. Know that you are supported and always welcome to reach out to KidsPeace/TeenCentral at any given moment.
  • It can be tough to explain or expect anyone to know what exactly it is that you are struggling with, which is why it is important to seek help and communicate with those close to you so they are aware of what is going on and can help you moving forward.
  • You matter! Harming yourself can only makes things worse. Take care of yourself. Life has its good and bad moments. Rest assured knowing that you are not alone.
  • One resource available to you is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255). The call is toll-free, available 24/7 and it’s totally confidential. Give it a try if you’re feeling overwhelmed with what life has thrown at you.
  • This hard time in your life can pass if you begin to involve yourself in activities that make you happy. That may include doing those activities with people who are positive influences in your life or just yourself. Think about how things could change for you if you were to change how you do certain things. Do not expect an overnight miracle. As you know, change takes time. But, the change for the better will come eventually!

HELP YOURSELF:

  • What is your home life like? Who can you speak to at home that will provide you with the support you need? What would  you say to them?
  • What part of your experience with KidsPeace do you feel helped you the most? How can you use that therapy tool now that you’re at home?
  • What can a positive mindset bring to your life?
  • How do you feel about calling the toll-free number listed above the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed?
  • How would you advise a friend that came to you with this situation? How can you use your own advice for your situation?