I tried to end my life
Have you recently tried to take your own life? Do you need assistance to identify what help is available? There is compassionate support for yourself, your family and friends.
Have you recently tried to take your own life? How are you feeling? Following a suicide attempt you may be feeling exhausted. Perhaps even confused. Dealing with the reactions from others, the experience with emergency services and the event itself may leave you feeling overwhelmed. But you are not on your own. You may feel disappointed, angry, or relieved. Your feelings may be all-consuming at the moment. It’s OK; they will subside and you will be able to return to your normal life. There is professional help available, such as psychological counselling. Sometimes medication may help you get back on your feet.
There are a range of strategies that might help you at this time:
For Crisis support contact Lifeline: 13 11 14 (available 24/7) or via chat or text (available 24/7) to speak with a Crisis Supporter
What keeps you going? What are your reasons to continue living? Is it your children, your pet, your family? Whatever the reason, it may be beneficial to reflect on these and maybe even record them in a diary, on a phone, so you can remind yourself when you are at your lowest. Make a quick go to list, picture collage or voice message on your phone so you can gain quick access.
Self-care following a suicide attempt is important. Routines are an important part of recovery and may be helpful to assist you in putting ‘one foot in front of the other’. Starting with nutrition, hydration, sleep and exercise will assist to improve your mood.
Are you still feeling suicidal? It can be very difficult to know what to do and how to cope, but help is available.
If your life is in danger — call 000.
To search for local services and centres in your area visit the Lifeline Service Seeker Directory
Talk to someone and eventually the light will shine