What Do Mental Health Hospitals Do and Do I Need One?

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What Do Mental Health Hospitals Do and Do I Need One?

Have you ever wondered if you need to go to a mental health hospital (aka psychiatric hospital, mental hospital)? When we’re in a mental health crisis, frazzled and frightened, unable to cope with thoughts, emotions, the consequences of actions, daily life and responsibilities, it can seem impossible to sort things out and recover.

While not all mental health hospitals are equal (some are terrific, but others are lacking), they generally exist for positive reasons:

  • To help you understand what you’re experiencing
  • To provide a quiet place with minimized stress and distractions so you can focus on getting better
  • To provide structure and activities for improving mental health.
  • To help you develop a realistic mental health treatment plan and set of coping skills for everyday life
  • To be a short-term place to receive mental health help

In general, mental health hospitals are positive places (even if you don’t want to be there) where people can receive the proper help in order to thrive in life outside the hospital.

If you think you might need hospitalization, talk to your doctor or a therapist. You can also search for a hospital in your area and contact them to discuss what’s going on. Any of these sources can help you decide on mental health hospitalization.

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Your Thoughts

Today's Question: If you’ve been to a mental health hospital, why, and how did it help you? We invite you to participate by sharing your thoughts, experiences, and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page.

From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.


Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. Your Child's Meltdown: How to Respond Before, During, After
  2. Handling Conflict in Relationships with Someone with BPD
  3. How Poetry Helps Depression and Could End Depression Stigma

If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.


Mental Health Quote

"Depression is like being homesick, but not knowing where home is."

Read more depression quotes.


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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2019, May 20). What Do Mental Health Hospitals Do and Do I Need One?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 18 from

Last Updated: June 4, 2019

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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