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Hospitalization
& Inpatient Care

Hospitalization refers to an admission to a hospital, following a voluntary or involuntary check-in at the emergency room. Examples of voluntary check-ins are calling 911 for yourself or going to the Emergency Room of your own accord.

If you are having suicidal thoughts and may act on them, it is important to go to the Emergency Room of the nearest hospital and to directly state you need immediate help for suicidal ideation or behavior.

An involuntary check-in may refer to a parent checking in their underage child, or a medical professional advising hospitalization to a patient at risk of harming themselves or others. 

Inpatient care refers to the treatment received by someone admitted to a hospital for over 24 hours. This includes a period of observation, in which a patient’s mental health is evaluated. Treatment is usually composed of therapy and medication.