Support and recovery strategies
Many people experience suicidal thoughts and feelings but with support are able to work through them and stay safe.
It’s important to remember that these feeling usually change, but change happens slowly. Take steps to get the support you need in the meantime.
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.
Fostering connections to people and things you find important can protect you against suicidal thoughts or make them easier to manage.
Strategies for the supporter
Supporting a person who is suicidal or who has tried to take their own life can be stressful and overwhelming. It is important that you do your best to look after yourself emotionally and physically.
Support after a suicide attempt
Beyond Blue has created resources for people after they have attempted suicide featuring real-life experiences from people who have been through the experience, or supported loved ones.