Suicide Attempt? What are your next steps?
It can be a very difficult time after learning that a loved one has recently tried to end their life by attempting suicide. It can create an atmosphere of fear, wondering if they will try to attempt the same thing in the near future, especially if they have never been forthcoming about their reasons behind the attempts; it could be sincere struggles with fear and anxiety, they may have been fighting off depression for years, or it could have been that they experienced an extremely painful scenario that led them to this place. Regardless of the exact reasons behind the attempt, it is important to find solace in the fact that there are concrete steps that can be taken to help avoid this situation again.
Don’t Place Blame
For both parties involved, the one who attempted suicide and the ones that are close in their life, such as a significant other, family member or a close friend, may experience a wide range of emotions, ranging from significant grief, to even anger at the fact that they tried to take their life. Shock and denial is often a first reaction upon hearing that such an attempt has taken place, and others may even put the blame on themselves, wishing that they had “paid closer attention”, or perhaps they “could have done something to prevent it from happening”.
The reality is that even though the attempt was made, you cannot blame yourself for these actions. If someone has decided to attempt to take their life, it would be extremely difficult to dissuade them at that time. In addition, unless you have had access to their innermost thoughts, you likely may not have been aware of their pain and suffering at the time preceding the attempt either. Someone who is planning to attempt suicide or suffering from significant depression may often times be able to hide or mask the pain they are feeling. There have been numerous examples of people who appear “normal” and happy, and then friends and family are later shocked to learn that an attempt has been made.
To make sure that this situation doe not repeat itself, we should consider the next steps that can be taken.
The first thing you should do is to staunchly oppose any suicidal thoughts within your life. Emotional responses to certain events, situations or thoughts can lead down the path to suicidal ideations; so why not take the opportunity to take a look at your thoughts and understand why you are feeling the way you are? Having a friend, family member or therapist that you can reach out to can make a big difference, and could help you reason things out much better.
Get Professional Help
It is even more important to get professional help as soon as possible. It is understandable that it is not easy to admit that one needs help, even with situations such as suicide; if you find that you are sincerely contemplating suicide again, the first thing you should do is call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-TALK.
We Are Mental Health Experts
Investing in mental health experts in order to help combat suicidal ideations within your life can actually make the difference when it comes to putting long-term changes of value in your life. Peak View Behavioral Health is one such facility that can help you take your past, your thoughts and your feelings and bring you forward to a new place of understanding and a return to a stable life. The therapy and concepts behind our mental health facility is geared towards providing individuals suffering from suicidal thoughts with the necessary help they need to fight new suicidal thoughts and to let go of their past attempt or attempts. There is always hope, and we are determined, able and willing to help you no matter where you are in your life with depression, anxiety and suicidal ideations.
Contact us today for a completely free and confidential discussion with one of our mental health specialists at 719-444-8484.