Three Rivers Behavioral Health

Name of Hospital: Three Rivers Behavioral Health

City, State/Province, Country: Columbia, South Carolina, USA

Number of Stars: 1.5

Comment: I arrived at about 8pm and the intake process took so long that I wasn’t officially admitted until well after midnight. I was eventually told that if I didn’t willingly admit myself, I would be forcibly admitted, so I was essentially given no choice.

Despite the fact that I was full on sobbing and obviously extremely anxious, I was immediately subjected to a strip search, presumably so the nurses could note my self harm injuries, but I eventually came to learn that none of the other patients (some who also had a history of self harm) had been made to go through this process.

Day to day life consisted of waking up at 7am, sometimes non-consensually having blood drawn or being subjected to doctor’s examinations, all while just waiting until whatever arbitrary time the staff decided to allow access to our toiletries so we could shower/brush our teeth/etc.

Around 9am we were escorted in a single file line to the cafeteria for breakfast. Often times anyone at the back of the line barely had time to eat before mealtime was over, and it was the same with lunch and dinner. No snacks were provided throughout the day. After breakfast we were divided up into our various groups for the day, usually only one or two hour-long sessions.

When we were not in group, we were to sit in the lounge area. We had access to a smattering of broken crayons, three or four mostly ruined coloring books, and sometimes paper to draw or write. There was a TV, but we were only allowed access to it after 4:30pm, so we essentially spent most of the day sitting in the lounge doing nothing. Two or three times we did have extracurricular activities, either a yoga/relaxation techniques class or arts and crafts. Both were childish at best but it was at least something to break up the monotony of sitting in the lounge room.

We were given one on one sessions with a psychiatrist maybe once a week, and that was only if we straight up begged the staff for it. And even then, the sessions were useless, as the psych obviously didn’t care. I lied about every single thing because I wanted OUT and not once did anyone question it or act like they cared about whether I was actually improving.

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

Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: I’m DFAB, but I identify as nonbinary, which wasn’t anything I was too concerned with telling the staff about, as I’m fine with she/her pronouns and identify as a lesbian as well so explaining nonbinary genders would have been more trouble than it was worth.

However, one of the other patients in with me was transgender man. Not only did the staff put him in the female rooms, but they also referred to him by his birth name despite the fact that he’d made his preferred name extremely clear, and they also frequently used she/her pronouns for him.

So while I didn’t experience any blatant discrimination myself, the way they handled his situation leads me to believe that the facility is not particularly LGBTQ friendly.

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