• 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 also help others.
  • Learn about crisis hotlines.
  • Everyone's recovery is different.
  • Recovery is possible

Safety Plan

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.