Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Rio Vista Behavioral Health Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Rio Vista Behavioral Health Hospital.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Signs & Symptoms of Suicidal Ideation

Understanding the signs, symptoms, and effects of suicidal ideation is an important part of getting help for yourself or your loved one. At Rio Vista Behavioral Health in El Paso, Texas, we’re proud to be a source of information and comprehensive care for adolescents and adults who have been struggling with suicidal ideation. 

Understanding Suicidal Ideation

Learn about suicidal ideation

Suicidal ideation is the clinical term for having thoughts of ending one’s own life. This term can be used to describe a broad range of thoughts, from momentary consideration of suicide to a detailed plan. 

For some people, suicidal ideation is a symptom of a mental health disorder. For example, people who struggle with depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and certain other forms of mental illness may be at increased risk for suicidal thoughts. 

In other casessuicidal ideation may be prompted by a temporary period of overwhelming stress, or it may occur in the immediate aftermath of a significant loss or other traumatic experience. 

Regardless of what causes a person to experience suicidal ideation, it’s important to know that treatment can help.  

If suicidal thoughts are related to a mental health disorder, receiving effective professional care for that disorder can alleviate suicidal ideation. If the problem is related to difficulties managing stress or getting through an emotionally challenging time, therapy can also be extremely beneficial. 

Whether or not suicidal ideation is connected to a mental health disorder, please know that you are not alone, and that help is available.


Statistics about suicidal ideation 

The term “suicidal ideation” refers to thoughts, so it is impossible to conclusively document the prevalence of this problem. However, statistics reported by The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) can provide insights into how many adolescents and adults may struggle with suicidal ideation: 

Causes & Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for suicidal ideation

As noted above, thoughts of suicide may or may not be related to a mental health disorder. However, even in cases where mental illness is present, a person’s risk for suicidal ideation may be influenced by multiple internal and external factors, such as the following: 

  • Age (in the United States, suicide rates are highest among adults in the 45-65 age range) 
  • Gender (experts estimate that suicidal thoughts are more common among girls and women than among boys and men)  
  • Family history of mental illness 
  • Personal history of certain forms of mental illness 
  • Personal history of substance abuse and chemical dependency 
  • Personal history of trauma 
  • Childhood adversity, including abuse and neglect 
  • Poor stress management skills 
  • Insufficient personal support network 
Signs & Symptoms

Symptoms of suicidal ideation

Suicidal ideation is an intensely personal experience. This can make it very difficult for even close friends or family members to realize that someone they care about has been having thoughts of suicide. However, in most cases, certain signs and symptoms exist. The following are among the more common indicators that a person may be thinking about suicide:  

Behavioral symptoms: 

  • Giving away items of great personal value 
  • Withdrawing from family and friends 
  • Frequently discussing death or dying 
  • Expressing feelings of self-loathing, helplessness, or hopelessness 
  • Neglecting one’s grooming or personal hygiene 
  • Unexplained crying or outbursts of anger 
  • Ending involvement in hobbies or other activities that were previously of great importance 
  • Behaving in an uncharacteristically reckless or dangerous manner 

Physical symptoms: 

  • Changes in sleep pattern, including hypersomnia and insomnia  
  • Dramatic changes in appetite, with resultant weight gain or loss 
  • Altered energy levels, including increased vitality and persistent fatigue 

Mental symptoms: 

  • Inability to concentrate or focus 
  • Pervasive thoughts of death and dying 
  • Persistent sense of fear or dread 
  • Anhedonia (being unable to experience pleasure) 
  • Depression 
  • Anxiety  
  • Low self-esteem and poor self-worth 
  • Dramatic mood swings 

Effects of suicidal ideation

The greatest danger among people who experience suicidal ideation is the risk that they may act on these thoughts and attempt to end their own lives. In addition to this tragic outcome, untreated suicidal ideation can also cause a variety of other negative effects, including the following:  

  • Strained or ruined relationships with family, friends, or colleagues 
  • Onset or worsening of mental health symptoms 
  • Substance abuse and chemical dependency 
  • Substandard performance in school or at work 
  • Academic failure 
  • Job loss and unemployment 
  • Pervasive sense of hopelessness and helplessness 
  • Social withdrawal and isolation  
  • Self-injury or self-harm 
  • Permanent physical harm or cognitive damage 

The outcomes listed above can result from untreated suicidal ideation. When you get effective professional care for your thoughts of suicide, you can significantly reduce your risk for these and other negative effects. While you receive care, you can also begin to heal from any damage that you have already incurred. With the right type and level of professional help, you can overcome the compulsion to end your own life and resume your pursuit of a healthier and more satisfying future.

Co-Occurring Disorders

Common co-occurring disorders among people who engage in suicidal ideation

It is important to remember that suicidal thoughts are not necessarily symptoms of a mental health disorder. However, many people who struggle with suicidal ideation may also struggle with mental illness. The following mental health challenges are associated with increased risk for thoughts of suicide:   

  • Schizophrenia 
  • Schizoaffective disorder 
  • Bipolar disorder 
  • Depressive disorders  
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 
  • Anxiety disorders 

Introducing Rio Vista Behavioral Health

Rio Vista Behavioral Health offers state-of-the-art inpatient psychiatric and detox services in the El Paso, Texas, area. Our commitment is to provide men, women, and children in our community with individualized treatment planning and ongoing recovery support.