Emergency and perinatal behavioral health at Rose

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, it is important to get the help you need right away. The main ER at Rose Medical Center in Denver is equipped to keep you safe and provide you with the resources you need to get help.

Learn more about emergency behavioral health services

As part of our comprehensive Rose Babies program, we also offer a perinatal behavioral health program. Perinatal includes women who are pregnant and the period of time after their deliveries. We provide outpatient perinatal behavioral health counseling, inpatient emotional support as well as a variety of support groups.

Learn more about our perinatal behavioral health program

Emergency behavioral health services in our ER

If you find yourself in a panic and unable to function normally, or if you think you might hurt yourself or someone else, go to the nearest emergency room or call 911.

What to expect at the ER

Our ER can be a loud and busy environment, so we ask that when you come to us when experiencing a mental health emergency you are aware of that, but please do not let it deter you from seeking the care you need. Upon your arrival, our staff will ask questions to assess how you are doing, and it is extremely important to answer honestly and fully in order for our team of doctors and nurses to provide you the care you need.

Our team may decide to consult with a mental health professional, either via phone or video conference. It is possible that you will speak with many different healthcare professionals but know that it is all in an effort to keep you safe.

ER visits can take up to several hours. If our ER staff is concerned that you are a danger to yourself, they may decide to confiscate certain personal items that could be used in an effort to harm yourself. We recommend that you bring the following things with you when coming to the ER:

  • Comfortable clothes, including slip-on shoes
  • A book or computer tablet for entertainment
  • A phone or computer charger
  • Headphones and soothing music

What happens after my ER visit?

Some patients will be discharged from the emergency room and be referred to a mental health professional for follow up. It is possible for other patients to be transferred to other units within our hospital or even another facility to receive further mental health care.

The continued aid of a mental health professional provides an ongoing effort to keep yourself safe and provide a pathway to improving your mental health.

Perinatal behavioral health

Whether you’re becoming a mom for the first time or the fourth, the days and weeks during pregnancy through one year after your baby’s birth can be as overwhelming as they are joyful. At Rose Medical Center, we want to ensure you have all the information you need about the emotional changes you could experience before or after having your baby.

Did you know depression and anxiety are the most common complications during and after pregnancy? Call (303) 320-2224 to learn more.

Women of every background can develop perinatal anxiety and depression, with symptoms appearing any time during pregnancy or the first 12 months after childbirth. It can even start any time up to six months after a mom stops breastfeeding or pumping.

A woman with a postpartum mood disorder may feel sad, tearful, anxious, cranky, discouraged, hopeless, worthless or alone. She also may:

  • feel hopeless or overwhelmed by her situation
  • have trouble concentrating or completing routine tasks
  • experience appetite or sleep difficulties
  • feel isolated from friends or family or not want to be alone
  • blame herself unnecessarily when things go wrong
  • lack interest in her baby or feel overly anxious about the baby's health
  • fear hurting herself or the baby
  • feel like she is not a good mother

If left untreated, symptoms can last for years, but there are effective treatment options available. As partners in your care, we can help you be well and restore your peace of mind. The sooner you get help, the sooner you will feel like yourself again.

Rose Medical Center offers personalized and convenient services to effectively treat your pregnancy related or postpartum depression or anxiety.

Outpatient perinatal behavior health counseling

Our perinatal behavioral health counselors are available for 1-on-1 counseling for those experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of depression or anxiety (described above) or who are struggling with psychosocial stressors of any kind, such as:

  • high-risk pregnancy or diagnosis of a pregnancy complication
  • relationship issues
  • parenting challenges
  • changing family dynamics
  • substance abuse
  • personal safety concerns
  • body image concerns
  • infant/maternal bonding difficulties
  • birth trauma
  • pregnancy loss
  • infertility

Your perinatal behavioral health counselor will provide the treatment and support you need so you feel like yourself again with newfound joy and hope.

Call (303) 320-2224 to learn more.

Inpatient emotional support

Rose Medical Center’s team of perinatal behavioral health therapists is available to visit any patient during their hospital stay for a brief emotional wellbeing check in or to address larger mental health concerns where follow up support after discharge may be recommended.

Rose Babies support groups

Sometimes you just need to feel less alone. Rose offers weekly therapist-led, drop-in support groups during the prenatal and postpartum period to create community around the highs and lows of pregnancy and early motherhood.

  • Rose Mamas-to-Be Prenatal Support Group
  • Rose Mamas Postpartum Support Group
  • Bedrest Sisterhood Support Group (for antepartum patients in the hospital)
  • Fill Your Cup Support Group (for NICU families)

Call (303) 320-2001 to learn more.