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Psychiatric hospital

Psychiatric hospitals, also known as mental hospitals, mental health units, mental asylums or simply asylums, are hospitals or wards specializing in the treatment of serious mental disorders, such as clinical depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. Psychiatric hospitals vary widely in their size and grading. Some hospitals may specialize only in short-term or outpatient therapy for low-risk patients. Others may specialize in the temporary or permanent care of residents who, as a result of a psychological disorder, require routine assistance, treatment, or a specialized and controlled environment. Patients are often admitted on a voluntary basis, but people whom psychiatrists believe may pose a significant danger to themselves or others may be subject to involuntary commitment. Psychiatric hospitals may also be referred to as psychiatric wards (or "psych" wards) when they are a subunit of a regular hospital.

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I have an Idea to create a Mentor Program for those leaving Psychiatric Hospitals. Mentors who have successfully taken control of their mental illness would be paired with one or more buddies leaving a hospital to provide them with a supportive and understand them. These mentors would also give them realistic advice based on their experiences that therapists, psychiatrists and hospitals can not provide. They would help them with coping skills by telling them what they have found helps the best and would ultimately become their friend and positive role model to help them progress through the struggles of their mental illness

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