Many people are scared of being in a psychiatric hospital and with good reasons. The hospital can be a scary place to be. It can be overwhelming going from regular, everyday life to being a patient. However, there can be benefits to being in such a setting (in most cases).
- The hospital is a safe place to be
The hospital is a space in which it is very difficult to hurt yourself or others. The staff watch you pretty closely and you are not allowed access to items that could be used to harm yourself or others. Being in the hospital kept me alive and ended my addiction to self harm.
- The people in the hospital will understand what you’re going through
This applies not only to the staff but also to the patients. Every other patient in the hospital has a mental illness, and they may be able to understand your situation better than your friends outside of the hospital. I found the other patients in the two hospitals I was at to be some of the least judgmental people I have ever met.
- The hospital can provide a break from the stresses of everyday life
The hospital can provide time away from any obligations you may have.
- The hospital can provide a break from the people in your life
The hospital can provide an often necessary break from your friends and family.