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is their standard period of time one as to be on THE WARD after a unsuccessful suiside attempt. I have a friend in this situation.

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I think it's 72 hours but can go up to two weeks. It may depend on the state you are in. The important thing is that he doesn't get released until he isn't a danger to himself or others.

is their standard period of time one as to be on THE WARD after a unsuccessful suiside attempt. I have a friend in this situation.

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there are normally 2 wards for mental health the "lockdown" ward and the regular ward, I would guess they are on the lockdown ward they wouldn't even let us have matches or lighters on that ward and the aide would light our cigarettes when they opened the smoking patio usually the minimum stay is 3 days if he asked to be hospitalized then they will normally let them leave if they were out in there because of their attempt against their will then they probably won't be let out until the doctor says it is safe but I would think it is 72 hours in Georgia, if they are still suicidal or acting up on the lockdown ward then they will be there longer than 3 days

I have 3 attempts I am glad now I couldn't do it right as I look back I realize now that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem as bad as things seem they can always improve but when you are dead then there are no better days I hope your friend gets the real help they need thats the most important thing right now

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If the courts get involved it is another thing. There used to be these vast state institutions where crazy people went for long periods or forever. Now they cut them lose in a week or two and tell them to take their meds. The result a large mentally ill homeless population. In the state of Florida it is the Baker Act where you are adjudged to be a danger to yourself or others and put on ice for a while.

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Thnx I do also. So when you attempted how long did they keep you minimally

there are normally 2 wards for mental health the "lockdown" ward and the regular ward, I would guess they are on the lockdown ward they wouldn't even let us have matches or lighters on that ward and the aide would light our cigarettes when they opened the smoking patio usually the minimum stay is 3 days if he asked to be hospitalized then they will normally let them leave if they were out in there because of their attempt against their will then they probably won't be let out until the doctor says it is safe but I would think it is 72 hours in Georgia, if they are still suicidal or acting up on the lockdown ward then they will be there longer than 3 days

I have 3 attempts I am glad now I couldn't do it right as I look back I realize now that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem as bad as things seem they can always improve but when you are dead then there are no better days I hope your friend gets the real help they need thats the most important thing right now

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It may vary by state, but people often go into a "72 hour hold" if they are deemed a threat to themselves or others.

As far as VA benefits goes, they use the term "suicidal ideations" and it is one of the criteria for mental health issues which is on both the 70% criteria and 100% criteria, but is "noticably absent" on the criteria for 0%, 10%, and 30% ratings.

IMHO "ANY" time a person even hints about the possibility of suicide, it should be taken seriously. Even tho some people commit suicide WITHOUT any sort of a hint that they need help, very frequently there were "red flags" along the way that were ignored by those around them. You dont EVER want to have to live with the guilt that a friend/family member did themselves in while maybe they "asked for help" in their OWN way, and you did not heed their cry.

I dont recommend you trying to help the person yourself. Don't tell em things like, "Oh, everything will work out"...this could sound like you are "dismissing" their issue, and their cry for help. Just take them to the Docs who are trained and know what they are doing.

People are very different. While one person may threaten suicide dozens of times, another may never threaten but just complete the task.

A Veteran at the Dayton VA medical Center shot himself near the front statue of the hospital. People need to be taken seriously:

http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/veteran-commits-suicide-in-front-of-dayton-va-center-656012.html

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