Fear of the unknown makes it difficult to seek help for mental health issues, especially with the negative way mental health facilities are portrayed on television and in movies.

This “Hollywood” stigma surrounding mental health hospitals could not be further from the truth.

Mental health hospitals are here to help you or your loved one recover and learn the tools and skills necessary to live a happier, healthier life.

What TV Gets Wrong

A lot has changed over the years in how we approach mental health. Mental health hospitals are designed like retreats and college dorms in order to provide the best environment to recover.

At La Amistad Behavioral Health Services, we even offer yoga therapy, swimming in an outdoor, on-site pool and a gourmet dining experience.

Each day is filled with activities that are engaging and promote wellness from within. Counselors and supporting team members are there for you, to help you meet the goals set by yourself and your team of professionals every day.

Don’t let common myths and negative messaging from media keep you or your loved one from getting help.

Mental Health Hospitals Put Your Safety First

On TV, a mental health facility may look like a barren, colorless hospital — and for some that may be true.

Mental health facilities are designed to keep patients safe so they may appear “stark” or lack certain décor elements. You or your loved one deserves to receive treatment in a safe environment, and sometimes that means sacrificing a little bit of comfort.

That being said, specialty hospital design teams designed the spaces at La Amistad, both indoor and outdoor, with the intention of creating a comfortable and relaxing environment. We even let you to bring in your own blanket or favorite stuffed animal to ensure a home like atmosphere.

Mental Health Treatment is for Everyone

Another myth about mental health hospitals is that the people receiving care are mindless or like zombies. How many movies or TV shows have everyone but the main character in a state of mindless obedience?

This couldn’t be further from the truth! Part of recovery is remaining yourself and finding the best parts of it.

All types of people receive mental health treatment. The people receiving care are ordinary people going through real life issues and are taking a big step in reaching out for help.

Your Treatment Comes First

You will have to give up some creature comforts when going into a mental health facility, but don’t worry — this is with your recovery in mind.

For example, cell phones are often not allowed inside the treatment areas. This is to ensure the confidentiality of all patients and also to help you concentrate on yourself and your wellness. You are there to receive treatment, and a cell phone can be a major distraction.

However, there is, of course, a phone available to contact loved ones throughout your stay. At La Amistad, we want you to stay connected to your loved ones throughout your recovery journey.

Get Started Today

Psychiatric stays aren’t necessary for everyone, but they’re a huge benefit for people who need specialized help. The goal is to leave with a new outlook on life and the ability to function safely.

After treatment, remaining in “lower” levels of care such as outpatient IOP and PHP or other therapeutic outpatient services have been shown to lead to more positive outcomes. Thankfully, La Amistad offers those services, as well.

Mental health care should put you first, and we get that. La Amistad offers residential care for children and adults. Call us today to schedule a no-cost, confidential appointment at 877-583-2555.