- The survivor may be angry, embarrassed, or ashamed and extremely fatigued.
- The reactions of others can feel overwhelming and asking for help can be difficult.
- Follow-up care is key to recovery.
- Create a safety plan (see below).
- Learn to live again; get back into a routine.
- Remove the means of hurting oneself.
- Participate with a mutual peer-support group; remember when you help yourself...you also help others.
- Learn about crisis hotlines.
- Everyone's recovery is different.
- Recovery is possible
Be honest with yourself; everyone's safety plan is different.
Your plan may include the following:
- Signs that may indicate a return of suicidal thoughts or feelings.
- When to seek additional treatment.
- Contact information for your doctor, therapist, and loved ones.
- Keep a written copy of your safety plan nearby, as well as with your doctor and loved ones.
- Make a list of possible triggers.
- Build a support system, including at least one ally (a person in your life who you trust, can be honest with, and with whom you can share openly). This could be a member of the clergy, a mentor or a colleague.
- Create a routine schedule.