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Old 08-11-2016, 02:37 AM   #1
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I attempted suicide a couple weeks ago. from everything i read online, i should have been kept in a psych ward for about three days. instead i only stayed to two days while i recovered and then i was free to go home. is this what usually happens? i live in Australia by the way

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Old 08-11-2016, 03:10 AM   #2
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I *think* it's more that they legally CAN keep you for three days as a sort of assessment phase and they have to put you on a long term section if they intend to keep you any longer.

My understanding is that they can discharge you once they can assume you are able to keep yourself safe/it has been established that you will be having some form of support in the community. I don't think there is a minimum of days they *have* to keep you in hospital.

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Old 08-11-2016, 09:01 AM   #3
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Some people are never admitted to the psych ward at all after a suicide attempt, some people stay a few days and some can stay for weeks/months. It all depends on how you are doing and if the doctors think your level has risk has reduced enough for you to manage at home.

Were you disappointed that you were sent home? Do you still feel suicidal? It's important to talk to a doctor if you are feeling like you want to harm yourself so you can get some help.

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Old 08-11-2016, 02:57 PM   #4
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After my suicide attempt I was discharged from hospital (not psych hospital - short stay ward after my OD was treated) and sent to stay at my friends house without the mention of a psych hospital stay. I'm not sure what the situation is like in Aus but over in the UK, free beds are so rare that they are reluctant to suggest hospital. What kind of support are you getting now that you're home?


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Old 22-11-2016, 05:10 PM   #5
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I am sorry to hear you attempted suicide, do you have a plan in place in case you need it? I find writing down a list of people that can help you when your in crisis and perhaps things you can do to keep yourself safe. For example, if i am in a crisis situation I find that distractions do not work however listening to soothing music helps.

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Old 23-11-2016, 01:09 PM   #6
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Hi there,

I'm sorry to hear things got so hard for you that you hurt yourself.

Do you have some support set up in the community? Would you like to talk about what got you to that point?

As said above, I think it depends on your perceived level of risk/support you have available etc as to how long you're kept in hospital. I for one was never kept on a psych ward - I was only ever treated for the physical side of things and discharged back to the community.

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