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A 23-year-old female asked:

What happens when you go to the hospital because you are feeling suicidal and feeling unsafe how long can will the hospital keep you for?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Variable: That depends on things like if you are a voluntary or an involuntary admission, the laws in your state and your degree of risk. If you have suicidal thoughts please get help NOW. Have a friend or relative drive you. If need be, you can call 911 for emergency services & they can provide transport. You can call the National Suicide hotline 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255.
Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Safety and support: In every hospital I've seen, you'd be provided w/ safety and they'd try to understand and offer support. The length of staysnow are very short compared to long ago - hopefully once you feel stable they'll provide referrals. Seek therapy in addition to pills - it makes a BIG difference! Please do go - safety is important. I'm glad you asked.

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