The Children’s Psychiatric Hospital in Obashani, Tabor District, offers a new treatment for self-harm and suicidal behaviour. It is supposed to help patients reduce intense, unpleasant feelings. The hospital is responding to an increase in the number of children starting to self-harm and suicidal behavior. Hospital spokeswoman Jana Sozna Vovkova said this.
The method of treatment introduced by the Children’s Psychiatric Hospital in Ubane is called dialectical behavior therapy.
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“It is based on gentle behavior and acceptance. The therapy tries to emphasize finding balance rather than extremes. They try to understand the principles of their behavior and practice new behavior,” said clinical psychologist David Havelka.
“The program is for adolescents from 14 years of age who have difficulties with managing emotions, self-assessment and stress management. It is intended for those who are not doing well in relationships, have frequent crises, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, and more.”
Fewer suicide attempts
The program consists of a stay of seven to eight weeks in Opacani. During this, patients learn skills that help them in self-control. Foreign research shows that patients who undergo a comprehensive program of dialectical behavior therapy have 50 percent fewer suicide attempts compared to conventional treatment.
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The Obashani Child Psychiatric Hospital is one of three workplaces of its kind in the country. In addition, it is the only hospital in the Czech Republic that has a specialized department for patients with severe neurodevelopmental disorders and disruptive manifestations.
Opařanská Hospital has 60 beds, which is 13 percent of the total number of pediatric psychiatric beds in the Czech Republic. Nearly 50 percent of patients in the hospital between the ages of 3 and 18 are from the South Bohemia region.
Due to lack of qualified personnel, the hospital has been under threat of extinction for some time last year. However, I was eventually able to find new certified child psychiatrists and the process continued.
The hospital complex is located in the Baroque complex of the former Opařan Castle, which was a Jesuit monastery from the beginning of the 18th century. After several property changes, the adult psychiatric hospital became operational in September 1887. In 1924, psychiatric care for adults was replaced by psychiatric care for children.