Getting Better After A Suicide Attempt ~ By Ryan Rivera

Getting Better After A Suicide Attempt

By: Ryan Rivera Guest Contributor

Having attempted a suicide means you have reached the culmination of all your physical, mental, and emotional stresses. At some point, you have given up all hope to see some changes happen in your life. You probably thought it would be better just to leave all your problems behind and end it all. Truth be told, failing at attempting suicide could be the biggest blessing in disguise to ever happen to you. As they say, when you hit rock bottom, there is nowhere to go but up. With the right help, motivation, and determination, you can propel yourself to action and move forward to better days ahead.

Recovery after a suicide attempt takes time. You will still carry the literal or figurative scars of the past, and you still have the baggage of all your hurts and pains. But since you have made it this far and you are alive, it means you have a greater purpose. It means its not the end of the line for you, and you have the chance to pick up the pieces and start over. Dont give up. Continue to work. Be patient and slowly work your way to a new you. It will take a while, but it will be worth it.

After a suicide attempt, you could require treatment, not only for your physical well-being, but for your psychological health as well. Don’t refuse this. See how others can help you. Remember that one proven way to cope with your situation is to allow people to help and make you better at facing your issues. Accept that you need help and let others guide you through. They will have a safety plan for you, and you can get better at coping with anxiety, depression, and other issues that you might have.


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There are a few things you can do to recover after a suicide attempt. Try these:

  • Find a support system. Know that you are not alone and that you have family and friends who will stay with you through whatever it is you are going through. They will be there to make sure you achieve your goals and keep you out of harms way. Stay close to them and listen to them, and always remember that they have your best interests in mind.
  • Identify things that make you think of suicidal thoughts. Learn to shut them out. There are different ways you can cope with this, and you can always fight back these thoughts with more positive things. Think of the better things that lie ahead to keep these ill thoughts away from your mind, and try to keep it that way.
  • Get busy. Find things you can involve yourself in, things that you will enjoy and will also improve your well-being. Find a hobby that you like; try exercising, enjoy the outdoors, sing, cook, garden, volunteer, or whatever. The important thing is you find something you like and keep at it. This will give you some sort of purpose and something to look forward to doing.
  • Resolve to rebuild your life. Only you can choose to do this. Even if people around you push you, if you dont push yourself, it wouldn’t work. Be determined and be strong. This is the only way you can get your life back together, and find better things ahead.

Recovery takes time, but the process will lead you to a better life. Embrace the journey. Just stay focused and be positive. Keep the negativity away and remain steadfast. Things will change once you decide you can make positive things happen. Trust that it will all work out for you soon.

Ryan Rivera is a guest contributor. You can learn more about his work and take a FREE 7 -minute anxiety test at Calm Clinic.

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