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Coping with the deep hurt after surviving a suicide attempt and finding hope is possible. The Lifeline is available for support, 24/7.

How To Take Care Of Yourself

You can recover from a suicide attempt. It takes time to heal both physically and emotionally, but healing and help can happen.

Find an activity you enjoy: Taking care of yourself is an important part of your recovery. Your “self-care” activities can be anything that makes you feel good about yourself.

Talk to someone: Silence isn’t strength. Don’t keep suicidal feelings to yourself. Lean on your support networkfind a therapist or a support group, or get in touch with the Lifeline.

Make a safety plan: Have a step-by-step plan ready for if/when you feel depressed, suicidal, or in crisis, so you can start at step one and continue through the steps until you feel safe.

Find a counselor: Suicide attempt survivors and researchers who study suicide recommend counseling to help find long-term strategies to ease the emotional pain that led to your attempt.

How To Help

Ask and listen: Be an active part of your loved ones’ support systems and check in with them often. If a they show any warning signs for suicide, be direct. Tell them it’s OK to talk about suicidal feelings. Practice active listening techniques and let them talk without judgment.

Be understanding: Do not make them feel guilty. Don’t make it about you. Listen and be as understanding as possible.

Give a hug: Let them know that they are still loved and that you still want them in your life. Sometimes, a hug can say more than a thousand words.

Get them help and take care of yourself: Don’t be afraid to get your loved one the help they might need. The Lifeline is always here to talk or chat, both for crisis intervention and to support allies. Helping a loved one through a crisis is never easy. You might want to talk about your feelings with another friend or a counselor.

Stories of Hope and Recovery

  • Terry Wise survived a suicide attempt in her thirties and has since become a well-known author and speaker.

    "If I was to sum up my life today, the word that I would use to describe it is fulfilling."

    Watch Terry's Story
  • Bart is a clinical psychologist who's past has shaped how he approaches life and his career today.

    "For me, it’s important because I think there’s a lot of us. We’re really afraid to tell our stories because we’re afraid we’re going to lose our jobs. People are going to take our degrees away. They’re going to take our licenses away. They’re going to think I’m not a good therapist. What that means is that we don’t talk about it. And if we view other providers this way, what does it say about the people that we treat if we have this view of providers as being “damaged goods” or “wounded?”

    Read Bart's Story
  • Julia shares what she's learned as a suicide attempt survivor and hopes to educate those in a similar situation with a loved one.

    "If anything, life is starting over now... I am going to be OK. I have survived a lot which has made me far from fragile."

    Read Julia's Story
  • Pablo plays a word game with himself to combat negative thinking, and it works!

    "It’s just getting into the habit of recognizing it and then putting the brakes on it. And you just kind of keep doing that."

    Read Pablo's Story
  • Jordan, a suicide attempt survivor, says he was better able to cope with his depression once he accepted it.

    "It's important to have a healthy emotional balance...[and] the best way to find that is to know yourself…know what makes you happy."

    Watch Jordan's Story
  • Jennifer wants to be a voice for those too afraid to speak up about mental illness and advocate for more accessible services.

    "I’m hopeful that just maybe I can be one more voice that gets somebody somewhere to pay attention to the fact that there’s an actual...problem here and being quiet about it... deciding that it can only be spoken of in hushed tones and making it this taboo subject is not doing anybody any favors."

    Read Jennifer's Story
  • Patty thinks that the world is populated with survivors and knows that sharing stories is an important part of tapping into that network.

    "I think it’s important for me to tell my story because people survive all kinds of things...What I’ve seen coast to coast, if a person is a survivor, it’s important that people should know that."

    Read Patty's Story

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