Here is some information for you to start your journey towards recovery. Know that you are not alone.
It’s ok if you don’t understand all the thoughts in your head, or if you cannot process all the overwhelming feelings that are coming over you. Many people who attempt suicide or have suicidal thoughts, have an underlying mental health issue that they may or may not be aware of. It could even be a very hurtful or stressful life event that slowly pushed you over the edge.
Some common thoughts and feelings you might experience:
- Shame or embarrassment
- Confusion and trying to make sense of what has happened
- Guilt or worry about the reaction of friends or family
- Anger at yourself for having relapsed after a time when you were doing better
- Feeling that you have failed your loved ones
- Feeling relieved that you have survived
Talking to someone always helps. Get all the support you need to get through this part, which is the hardest part in the recovery process.
Seeing a doctor, specifically a psychiatrist or a psychologist is an important step to help you in gaining some control over your suicidal thoughts. Even if the attempt was not life threatening, seeing a medical professional is necessary at this point.
- Try to understand the triggers that may be contributing to your thoughts
- Tell yourself that these thoughts and feelings will soon pass even though they may feel everlasting
- Don’t belittle your feelings or problems. They mean something to you, so do not underestimate them
- Remind yourself, that in that very moment, you need to find a safe place to go to
You may have tried to talk to someone, and they didn’t know what to say. Not everyone chooses the right words. They too, might be scared by what you are experiencing. But some people do know what to say.
Ask to see a friend or open up to a family member. Plan what you are going to say, it will make it easier to open up. Being vulnerable and speaking up means you are one step closer to getting better. But it also means you can choose what you want to share.
The Embrace LifeLine team is ready to speak with you from 12pm to 2am everyday. Just call 1564 and someone on the other end of the line is there to listen to you and keep your secrets safe. They could either recommend a support group or provide you with access to a professional.