Healing Art for Mental Health Month

Join us as we bring awareness to Mental Health Month by entering your expressions of healing art into our community art showcase. From May 16th – May 31, 2021, community art submissions will be displayed around and throughout our hospital.

For more information or to submit your art, please email [email protected].

May 6th – 12th is Nurses Week!

May 6th – 12th is Nurses Week! Thank you to all the nurses in the world – we appreciate your commitment to patient care, your time, your efforts, and your compassion. This year SSBH showed our appreciation by showering our nurses with love. Check out the thank you bags and cookies!

Terrance “TJ” O’Reilly Named Chief Executive Officer of South Sound Behavioral Hospital

Lacey, WA—May 10, 2021—South Sound Behavioral Hospital, a leader in behavioral health care in The South Sound, announced that Terrance “TJ” O’Reilly has been named Chief Executive Officer.

O’Reilly’s appointment is a clear reflection of the hospitals’ current state: ready to take on the future in behavioral health and focused to provide the best patient care for the community. South Sound Behavioral Hospital is poised for significant expansion in treatment offerings and excited that TJ’s unique experience in developing effective programming will help the community receive quality care.

O’Reilly served as Chief Executive Officer of Dallas Behavioral Healthcare Hospital, located in DeSoto, Texas, and has held executive leadership roles at Haven Behavioral Hospital of Frisco and multiple Universal Health Services “UHS” residential treatment centers. During which time, O’Reilly focused on improving patient satisfaction, implementing programming, and improving quality compliance.

O’Reilly also served on the Dallas Behavioral Health Leadership Team, the DeSoto Economic Recovery Advisory Task Force, and the North Star Collaborative.

“Our goal is to teach our patients the skills needed to maintain a healthy productive life through our Trauma Informed Care Programming”, said O’Reilly.

As CEO, O’Reilly will lead South Sound Behavioral Hospital’s efforts to be a community partner, provide quality patient-centered care, and improve the well-being of each client served.

O’Reilly obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Montana in 1999. He became licensed as a registered nurse in 2011. O’Reilly went on to complete his Master’s in Business Administration from Franklin University in 2013.

About South Sound Behavioral Hospital

South Sound Behavioral Hospital is a behavioral health hospital with a primary focus on mental health, located in Lacey, Washington. The facility currently offers a 108-bed Adult Inpatient Mental Health Program, a Women’s Program, and Adult Intensive Outpatient Program. This spring the hospital will be expanding treatment offerings to include a Withdraw Management Program. The goal is to be an ally to those in our local community in need of mental health and substance use treatment. To help accomplish this goal, we provide mental health assessments 24/7, at no charge.

For additional information on South Sound Behavioral Hospital, please contact Director of Business Development, Nicole Green at (360) 338-1318.

May is Mental Health Month

Join us to share the awareness of Mental Health Month. Wear Green all May to support Mental Health Month.

How to Cope With The Winter Blues

It’s mid-February, just six weeks away from spring, but still in the thick of the winter. It can often feel like the days are only a few hours long, the nights are so cold you want to stay in bed, and there is just nothing to do with yourself.

Each year around this time, many of us tend to get down in the slumps. The holidays have passed, the excitement of the New Year has settled, and in many ways, it feels like back to the same day in, and day out things we did the year before, just colder, grayer, and nothing to do. Many people struggle with feelings of sadness, or even full-blown depression, during the winter months; this is also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

If you are one of the many that experience SAD, here are a few tips to help you through:

Self-care: Right now is the perfect time for self-care before the weather warms and the busyness of Spring & Summer begins.

  • Start working out in perpetration for those summer hikes you like to take each year. Your lungs and heart will be grateful!
  • Begin a new skincare routine, as it typically takes about three months before you notice any improvements (you now have the time).
  • Learn a new hobby that forces you to develop mentally or psychically, like yoga, meditation, and stillness.

Personal Development: Learning new things is always the best way to pass the time; it keeps you busy and learning something new, which can help you in so many areas of your life.

  • Practice cooking new meals you will look forward to sharing with your family and friends during warm weather get-togethers.
  • Learn a new skill you can apply to your current position at work or turn into a new form of work for yourself.
  • Learn how to become better with Money – making it, saving it, and investing it.

Start Planning: Gardener? Vacationer?

  • Now is the perfect time to start planning and prepping your garden beds, what you will grow or try growing for the first time.
  • Book your vacations, map out those many trips! Doing this gets you ahead of everyone else and gives you something to look forward to each day.

While other things contribute to SAD like lack of sunlight and vitamin D, if you can use this time of year as your opportunity to focus on personal development and self-care, it makes it a little easier.

You can do countless things to pass the winter blues, but if you still find yourself feeling down with all of this, do not hesitate to call us on 24/7/365 at (844) 949-8888.

Additional Intensive Outpatient Group Time

****ADDITIONAL INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT GROUP TIME**** has been added to our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) schedule to meet the needs of our community. We welcome calls so you can learn more about this program and others offered at South Sound Behavioral Hospital before you even need us! Anyone experiencing a mental health crisis can walk in for a free, confidential mental health assessment or schedule an appointment by calling 844-949-8888.

Celebrating Mental Wellness Month

As we come into the New Year, let us begin this year with new hopes, beginnings, innovations, and achievements. Starting with the most potent muscle, let’s get a tune-up on our mental state. Let’s face it, 2020 has been a challenging year, and a reset is needed.

January is the month where we at South Sound Behavioral Hospital want to promote mental wellness. Mental wellness is an all-encompassing realm of healthiness. A balance of social, emotional, spiritual, and physical wellbeing.

Mental wellness touches all segments that makeup living. It appears when we have to establish how we act, feel, and think to process situations. Eventually, it then triggers our reaction based on stress levels, relationship connection, and decision making.

To refresh our state of mind and enhance our mental wellbeing, take a few moments every day to announce your appreciation for the things or people you feel elevate you. Stay positive and motivated.

Here’s to a happy and healthy 2021!

Happy Holidays!

In a year full of change, one constant has been our commitment to providing health and hope. As we reflect on this year, we are filled with gratitude.

We are thankful for the dedication of our team, the strength of our community partnerships, and for the families who have trusted us to care for those they love.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season!

In health and hope,
Your South Sound Behavioral Hospital Team

Holiday Nutritional Tips for Your Body & Mind

As we close in on the last couple of holidays for the year, and all our favorite traditions, temptations of holiday treats can be trying even for those who have a good deal of willpower. The Average American gain about 7-8 pounds during the holiday seasons…… BUT, there are ways to savor festive flavors and enjoy fine food without packing on the pounds.

  1. Don’t skip meals during the day or try to “save appetite” for big party or feast – as it usually will result in overeating. Instead, try to focus on healthy food options that rich in fiber. Increased dietary fiber can reduce total calorie intake, which help prevent weight gain over the holidays.
  2. Eat small portions. Holiday meals tend to be large and include second and third helpings. A common mistake is eating large portions of foods that are perceived as healthy. And yes, you can have your favorite dessert – but eat only the amount that it will take for you to be satisfied.
  3. Limit liquid calories. Alcohol, soda, and other calorie-rich beverages are prevalent during the holidays. These drinks can contribute a significant amount of sugar and empty calories to your diet, which can cause weight gain. Additionally, alcohol consumption is often linked to increased appetite and is a risk factor for weight gain.
  4. Mindful eating. Some studies suggest that focusing on how your body feels through a short body scan meditation can help you to tune in how hungry you really are and adjust your sweet eating. Also, chew slowly and thoroughly will allow you to better recognize your body’s fullness signals and consume fewer calories.
  5. Maintain physically active with family and friends. Sedentary actives such as sitting on the couch watching TV are common holiday traditions for many families. Inactivity can contribute to weight gain, especially if accompanied by overeating. Exercises, as simple as a family walk can get your mind off food and allow you to bond with your loved ones. It may not make you lose weight, but it can definitely help you keep your metabolic rate at a higher level.
  6. Get plenty of sleep. Sleep deprivation is common during the holidays may cause weight gain. Sleep restriction is linked to increased hunger hormone levels, ultimately leading to higher calorie intake. In addition, inadequate sleep also decreases your metabolism, which makes it hard for your body to burn fat.
  7. Control your stress levels. A stressful lifestyle can cause more cravings for junk food. Stress-related hormone may also cause weight gain by consuming higher level of calories.

The bottom, make sure you are getting plenty of exercise and limiting your intake of holiday treats. If you are diligent, you may find that you have not only prevented weight gain but even lost a few pounds during this celebratory season.

How to Have A Stress Free Holiday

All is festive during the holidays with friends and families – people picture the smiles, laughter, and good food, but the holiday season can also bring out the worst of times for many. Believe it or not, many people experience high levels of stress, anxiety, and depression as soon as November comes around.

Gift-giving is one of the most remembered aspects of the holidays, and the pressure of the increased financial burden due to the costs of traveling, gifts, and hosting can take a toll on some.

Visiting loved ones can be overwhelming for others who have to prioritize the number of parties and people to adjust to at each party. The worrying of the stressful situation can spread to affecting everyday activities or responsibilities.

Loneliness can significantly contribute to the stress, anxiety, and depression that can plague a person’s holiday season. Some people may have no family or friends to share the holidays with.

Here are some tips for tackling these challenges during this holiday season.

  • Attend Therapy
  • Practice Mindfulness – Meditation
  • Avoid Drugs and Alcohol
  • Take a Neighborhood walk
  • Be honest with yourself and set realistic expectations.

To possess the ability to maintain and manage mental illness is challenging in every way, but the holiday season can heighten the challenge.

Remember, when the feeling of isolation becomes a struggle, you are not alone. It is ok to need help but, more importantly, to actively get the help you need.