Baptist Behavioral Health

Name of Hospital: Baptist Behavioral Health

City, State/Province, Country: Jacksonville, FL, USA

Number of Stars: 4

Comment: I voluntarily admitted myself under threat of being Baker Acted by my therapist. I had to wait several hours just to get a bed because they are usually pretty full. Saw a doctor within 24 hours. I was pleased because the doctor was the same doctor who volunteers at the free clinic I go to. (This was her paying job.) I was paired with a roommate who had similar issues to mine.

Overall, the daily group sessions revolved around dealing with stress, self-esteem issues, and drug abuse. (Most patients were there for drugs.) My friend who is non-binary trans like me had left the facility a few days before I was admitted, and I saw his chosen name on the patient board, which made me happy. We got to pick food from a menu at every meal, and there was even options for special diet needs. The staff treated me very nicely, didn’t talk down to me too much, and generally helped me whenever I needed it.

There wasn’t much to do but play with puzzles, watch tv, or journal. The view was very nice, right by the water where you can see the city, so I drew a lot. Visiting rules were lax, and I had many visitors throughout my stay. I stayed 4 days, and a new medication I was put on had me sleep through at least one of the days. Overall, the experience was sort of like a heavily monitored group vacation.

Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): inpatient

Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: non-binary trans

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