Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 10/09/2020

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Columbus Citizens Seek Answers on Depression

It is no secret that people frequently use the internet to search for ailments that they believe they may be suffering from. If someone is experiencing a concerning symptom, or multiple symptoms that are worrying them, going online to search for possible causes is a quick and easy way to get answers. Despite the fact that these answers may not be accurate, they can mollify a person’s concerns temporarily, or they can encourage them to seek further consultation.

Looking into the various searches in and of themselves, however, can provide some interesting information.

Sunbelt Staffing, an agency who works to link educational and healthcare professionals with appropriate occupational settings, conducted a survey where Google search data was compiled and analyzed to determine which parts of the United States are searching for what types of symptoms and ailments.

There were 20 specific ailments included in the study ranging from stress, depression, and anxiety to digestive problems, dermatological conditions, respiratory illnesses, and sports injuries. In an article written for Men’s Journal, Bret Stetka pointed out that of those 20 conditions, depression was “by far the most frequent search nationwide, with an average of over 450,000 monthly queries.”

The results of this survey indicated that Columbus, Ohio ranks highest for people who are engaging in searches related to depression and stress. According to Howard Gerber, who posted an article about the survey on Sunbelt Staffing’s website, noted that residents of Columbus are searching for these terms “on average 1,300 times per month.”

The frequency of depression searches that are being made by residents of the greater Columbus area may not necessarily mean that more people are suffering from depression in this area, but possibly that the access to healthcare services that are designed to treat depression are limited in Columbus and its surrounding communities.

In his Men’s Journal article, Stetka notes that Ohio in general has a “notable lack of therapists per capita,” which, in turn, could potentially mean that more people “are turning to the internet for medical counsel.”

If this is, in fact, the case, it is imperative that healthcare professionals and physicians in Franklin County become aware of it and work towards taking steps to provide services for those in need.

While the internet can be an immensely beneficial tool for many things, using it to diagnose oneself or a loved one with a medical condition or mental health disorder is highly discouraged. Especially when there is concern that someone is suffering from depression, it is extremely important that appropriate steps be taken in order to ensure that he or she gets the care that is needed.

If you believe that you might be suffering from depression, or that someone close to you is suffering from symptoms of this mental health disorder, please contact the admissions team at Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry to receive a free, confidential assessment.

Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry was the only treatment option that was able to help me make a breakthrough in improving my mental health. It was obvious that Ohio Hospital's staff were experts in their field, and everyone was great!

– Mary B.
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Why does this matter?
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval
  • The Jason Foundation