Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Lakeland Behavioral Health System to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Lakeland Behavioral Health System.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit

Greene County Suicide Rates on the Rise

According to recent reports, the suicide rate across the United States is the highest that it has been in 30 years. This tragic spike is being felt hard in places like Greene County, Missouri where the suicide rate went from 52 in 2014 to 79 in 2015. While experts cannot be sure of the precise cause of the increase, it is well known that certain factors can increase one’s risk for suicidal thoughts and self-harming behaviors, and mental illness is a key contributor.

Raising Awareness

If you were to read the local paper and watch the nightly news, you may be a surprised to learn that the number of deaths from suicide outnumber deaths from homicide in Missouri and across the country. This fact is often shrouded because news stations and media outlets report on homicides at a much higher rate than suicides because there is a fear that reporting on suicide may have an encouraging effect.

So although there is concern over giving too much attention to suicide, increased public awareness is crucial to combating the public health crisis of rising suicide rates in places like Springfield, Missouri. World Suicide Day is part of the effort to spread the word about mental illnesses such as depression, which are often a contributing factor to suicidality.

It is hoped that events like World Suicide Day can help to educate the public about issues of mental health so that more people can feel equipped to identify early warning signs of depression and suicidal behavior. The fact is mental illness and suicidal thoughts and behaviors are more common than most people think, and in order to reduce the suicide rates throughout the United States, there must be a greater network of support available for individuals who may be in danger of taking their own lives.

The Problem with Stigma

In order to increase access for quality care for the countless men and women who suffer from suicidal thoughts, more individuals must understand the relationship between mental health and self-harm, and have the education and insight to know how to respond if someone they care about is exhibiting signs of risk.

The issue of suicide is, unfortunately, often clouded with misinformation, and at times suicidal tendencies are viewed with shame. This stigma surrounding mental illness is one of the greatest barriers to individuals receiving what could be life-saving care, but can be significantly reduced by bringing the topic of suicide into the light, and by connecting individuals who are struggling with depression or other mental illnesses with the help they need to manage their symptoms and reclaim their lives.

If you or someone you care about is struggling with suicidal thoughts, know that you are not alone. There are options for treatment in Missouri and across the country where one can access care that can make a world of difference.

However, if you are concerned that you or a loved one is in immediate danger, do not hesitate to call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for immediate support, or contact emergency response personnel in your area.

Marks of Quality Care
  • Arkansas Juvenile Officers Association
  • Better Business Bureau (BBB)
  • Missouri Hospital Association
  • Missouri Juvenile Justice Association
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval
  • Tricare
  • The Jason Foundation

Compared to the other options, Lakeland Behavioral Health was the only one that was able to provide me with the comprehensive care that my child needed. It was obvious that the staff truly cared, and everyone was great!

– Kyle G.