Many people experience suicidal thoughts and feelings but with support are able to work through them and stay safe. People with depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions often make full recoveries and go on to lead full, productive and happy lives.
It is important to remember that there is hope for change but that change often happens slowly. Taking steps to getting the support you need can lead to recovery.
A safety plan is the best way to provide structure to what can seem like an uncontrollable and frightening situation. A safety plan is a series of steps you develop and follow if you start to feel suicidal or have thoughts of harming yourself.
Having connections to other people and things you find important can protect you against suicidal thoughts or make it easier to manage if such thoughts return.
Strategies for the supporter
Supporting a person who is suicidal or has attempted to kill themselves can be stressful and at times overwhelming. As with any other time of stress it is essential that you look after yourself emotionally and physically.
Support after a suicide attempt
beyondblue have created resources for people after they have attempted suicide which feature real-life experiences from people who have been through the experience before or supported loved ones in their recovery.