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Treatment for Suicidal Behaviors in Teens

We are a national, licensed, CARF-certified, treatment facility just for teenage boys. In our expansive facility in Arkansas we feature a team of trauma and behavioral health experts, who work with boys with suicidal ideation, high-risk behaviors, or previous suicide attempts.

*If you or someone that you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or actions, get help immediately by calling 988.

Treatment for Suicidal Behaviors in Teens

Suicide Risk Treatment Programs for Teen Boys

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 1 in 3 teens experience persistent sadness and hopelessness or have reoccurring thoughts of suicide or self-harm.

Does your teen talk about death, seem withdrawn or preoccupied, or are they engaging in risky behaviors like drugs, alcohol, and reckless driving? Signs of suicidal behaviors in teens can be subtle but are very serious.

Treatment for these behaviors almost always requires an acute mental health placement to mitigate immediate risk. Then, once the teen is stabilized, treatment evolves to address underlying causes and develop healthy coping strategies.

At Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch, we provide a comprehensive, Christ-centered solution that begins with trauma-informed clinical therapy. Our licensed therapists use a variety of methods and techniques, including individual and group therapies, to provide an immersive therapeutic experience.

Common therapeutic techniques include:

      Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

      Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

      Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)

      Mindfulness-Based Therapies

      Experiential Therapy

      Family Involvement in Therapy

Our Innovative Approach Can Help Your Teen

✔ Learn to redirect negative coping mechanisms.

✔ Build or strengthen a relationship with Christ.

✔ Recognize emotions and understand their feelings.

✔ Process past experiences and learn to regulate emotional responses.

Explore a different approach to mental health treatment for teens that balances trauma-based clinical intervention, engaging outdoor adventure, and spiritual development.


What Suicidal Behaviors Look Like in Teens

Suicidal behaviors vary by individual. There is no one-size-fits-all red flag for suicide risk. Some teens struggle with feelings of hopelessness and depression for years without ever becoming actively suicidal, while others seem to show little or no warning signs before making a suicide attempt. It’s best to take any threat of suicide risk seriously.

Common suicide risk warning signs include:

      Verbal warning statements like “I wish I were dead”

      Behavioral changes like a sudden disinterest in school

      Mood changes that include anxiety, depression, or social withdrawal

      Engaging in high-risk behaviors like drugs and alcohol

      Dramatic changes in sleep patterns, hygiene, or physical appearance

      Preoccupation with death or morbid content

      Expressing feelings of being trapped or feeling hopeless


When is Residential Treatment Appropriate for Suicidal Behaviors

Residential treatment programs vary in length and scope of services. If your teen is in immediate danger, help is available through skilled mental health facilities designed to provide 72-hour evaluation placements.

But what happens next depends on the level of care that is most appropriate for your child. Teens with an active suicide risk often need intensive intervention through a long-term residential treatment facility. These programs range from 30 days to more than 365 days and offer a variety of different services depending on the program.

Placement in a residential treatment program may be appropriate when:

      Your teen is actively suicidal and seeking means

      They have multiple diagnoses or complex treatment needs

      Outpatient therapy isn’t working

      Require a more structured environment

Why Choose Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch

We provide holistic therapeutic interventions designed to stabilize behaviors, engage teens in therapeutic treatment, address root cause mental health issues, and build decisions-making and academic skills for long-term success. We only work with teenage boys.

Our drug and alcohol abuse treatment program focuses on helping boys understand their diagnosis and develop healthy coping strategies to handle difficult emotions instead of self-medicating with alcohol or drugs.

Speak with our admissions team today to learn more.

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Treatment Options for Suicidal Behaviors in Teens - Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch

Suicidal thoughts or actions, as well as high-risk behaviors like drug and alcohol abuse, are warning signs. Get your teen boy the help he needs today!