September is a suicide prevention month.
If you are struggling and considering end in life, please seek out a safe place and go to your nearest emergency room. Or you can call the suicide prevention lifeline 1-800-273-8255.
In this episode, I talked about finding a safe place, a place where you feel comfortable, a place where you feel seen and you feel raw and vulnerable and are at least willing to go and find that safe place for you. and are at least willing to go and. That place for you. I don’t know what that place looks like for you, but it does include “people”. That safe place includes people. What do I mean is, the people in your life who love you unconditionally and want nothing but the best for you.
And since it’s suicide prevention month, I will share a few tips on how you can heal after a suicide attempt:
1. Discovering the reasons why you attempted suicide. This is an important first step because it helps us understand how we got here—and what steps led us here—and begins the process of moving forward. It also gives us something positive to focus on when we’re feeling hopeless or helpless.
2. Remember this isn’t room for judgment. It’s coming from a place of love and understanding because each of our experiences are different and unique; but at the end of the day, we all need love in order to thrive and move forward again after a tragic event like this one!
3. I want to also ask a question “What do you need to feel?” You may have only been able to express your feelings through words before now but now might be the time where things have calmed down enough for you to really dig deep and explore what it means to feel something beyond just thinking about it.
4. Self-care must be the top priority. Take some time for yourself, get out of bed and into a space where you can empty your mind and focus on what makes you happy (whether it’s playing with your dog, going for a walk, or taking a bubble bath).
5. Find things that bring moments of happiness and joy back into your everyday life so that the darkness doesn’t overwhelm you with sadness anymore.
I am reminded of my friend when we first met she shared about her own suicide attempts. And this is what she said ” I want to remind people just how beautiful this life can truly be.“
I hope that if you are struggling and beginning to heal after your own suicide attempt, that you can remember her words, how beautiful this life can truly be. Let’s find the beautiful things in life and focus on this.