After An Attempt
You’ve Attempted Suicide. Now What?
A suicide attempt is rarely an event that can be easily shrugged off and may even be more difficult to overcome than the situations or life events that led up to the attempt. The important thing to remember is you are not alone. Do not panic. It will be OK, and there are actions you can take immediately to begin the process of recovery.
See a Medical Professional
Acknowledge Your Current Thoughts and Feelings
Common thoughts and feelings after a suicide attempt include:
- “Why am I still here? I wish I were dead. I couldn’t even do this right.”
- “I don’t know if I can get through this. I don’t even have the energy to try.”
- “I can’t do this alone.”
- “How do I tell anyone about this? What do I say to them? What will they think of me?”
- “Maybe someone will pay attention to me now; maybe someone will help me.”
- “Maybe there is a reason I survived. How do I figure out what that reason is?”
Know that you are not alone in your thoughts and feelings, that others have been there, and recovery is possible. Although in the short-term you may still be experiencing the pain that led to the attempt, know that there are healthier ways to cope with the stressors negatively affecting your life. It can and WILL get better. Be sure to share your honest thoughts and feelings with your medical doctor or mental health worker, especially if you are still feeling suicidal. This will help doctors make the best decisions about your care and safety.
Plan How You Will Explain What Happened To Minimize Stress
Have a Plan To Stay Safe
Peer Support For Suicide Attempt Survivors and Those with Suicidal Thoughts
The Connections Program is an online platform where suicide attempt survivors or those who have experienced suicidal thinking can connect with other suicide attempt survivors to receive support and guidance as they embark upon their journey to recovery.