HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT YOUR RECOVERY?

Engage in Self-care

  • Be kind to yourself. You are not your own worst enemy. The thoughts and feelings may be excruciating, but with the right support, you can get through it.
  • Take care of your health. Make sure that you are taking care of yourself. This includes sleeping well, exercising, eating well. All these factors can help improve your mood.
  • Do something that makes you happy. Recall a time that you were happy or felt good. What were you doing? It could be an uplifting song, a walk on the beach or even playing with your dog. Do something that makes you feel good to take your mind off of how you feel at that moment.

Develop a safety plan or have a safe space

Planning your recovery is integral at this point in your life. It requires self-reflection and learned strategies.

  • Try to track your thoughts. What triggered the negative thoughts or suicidal attempt? Recognize the warning signs. Write them down.
  • Think of some coping strategies to distract yourself without contacting another person (relaxation techniques, physical activities)
  • Think of who are the people that can help take your mind off the thoughts. Call them or ask them to come over.The company you keep plays a big role in your life.
  • Think of a social setting that can help take your mind off the thoughts, make an effort to go there.
  • Ask a person supporting you to make your environment safe (take away anything you might hurt yourself with).
  • Call the Embrace Lifeline if you are unsure of how to deal with this stage in your life: 1564

Returning to work or academics

Resuming your daily life activities is an important part of recovering and getting better. Here are some tips on how to get back on track:

  • Inform your boss, teacher or supervisor about needing some additional support during this period
  • Request to come back in with a flexible time schedule at first
  • Ask for flexible deadlines as you transition back
  • Make sure to keep time for your doctor appointments

Ask for support at school or in the workplace

Getting the help you need

Effective treatments are available. Plans for treatment and management can include lifestyle changes (such as regular sleep cycle, regular physical activity, and resuming previous social activities), psychological treatment and medication if needed.

1. SPEAKING WITH A PROFESSIONAL (PSYCHOTHERAPY)

Through this form of therapy, called psychotherapy, it can help someone understand how thoughts can impact behaviors and vice versa. It helps the person feel listened to, cared for, and relieved of present and past pain and stresses. It helps work with the person through the tough thought processes so they no longer control them.

2. MEDICATION

There are many recommended medications that assist in treating underlying mental illnesses. A doctor can work with the individual to find the most suitable medication for his or her case.

3. HOSPITALIZATION

For a person at a high risk of suicide, hospitalization is recommended. It is a good option if someone cannot control their actions or does not want to commit to therapy. Through specialized programs in hospitals, people can learn how to cope, receive needed care and treatment and have open discussions about their thoughts, in order to decrease the likelihood of suicide. It is recommend for:

  • Someone who attempted suicide
  • Someone that has shown or spoken of a desire to end their lives
  • Someone that suffers from severe depression or another mental illness

Call us at 1564, and ask our Embrace LifeLine team to recommend a doctor, psychologist, or a nearest hospital or NGO.

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