Survivors of suicide attempt

As you recover from a suicide attempt, lots of things may seem overwhelming. The most important thing is to take steps each day towards recovery and to give yourself time to adjust to a healthy lifestyle.

A common experience after surviving a suicide attempt is extreme fatigue. You also may be experiencing many intense emotions such as anger, embarrassment and being ashamed. These feelings are normal. It is important to realize that recovery is likely and everything you're feeling right now can get better.

If you received medical attention at a hospital after a suicide attempt you should have been given steps for follow-up care. If you were not, you can still do these steps on your own. Exact steps for follow-up will depend on the individual. Some steps for follow-up care include:

Consent for Treatment

Generally people have the right to consent or refuse treatment. However, if the physician believes you are a danger to yourself or someone else, he or she must consider hospitalizing you involuntarily for a short time. These laws vary by state. To learn more visit www.ndrn.org.

Moving Forward

Recovery from the negative thoughts and feelings that made you want to end your life is possible. There are things that are in your control that can help your recovery.

Information adapted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).