How Do I Heal Emotionally After My Suicide Attempt?SuicideHow Do I Heal Emotionally After My Suicide Attempt?<div class="ExternalClassFFC81F08430E4AD28A9B9D7907BC0D2D"><p>​I'm having troubles focusing on healing emotionally after a recent suicide attempt...and I am looking for support and better coping strategies. I feel quite lonely, and even though I know I have friends it doesn't seem that they want to be around. I have high anxiety, that I have no idea how to cope with. My depression is so deep to the point where I can't get out of bed. I need encouragement, but I can't find that positivity. Please, help.  <br></p></div><div class="ExternalClassD1517BB9FD5346E783BE39297D71C4DD"><p>​It's great that you are reaching out. We know that you must have been feeling so hopeless when you made an attempt on your life, but are very glad that you are here and reaching out for more help. Suicide is never a good option. It is forever. It is permanent. It hurts you the most as you never get the chance to feel happier. It changes life forever for your friends and loved ones. Having a variety of options to help manage your emotional state is key. When did you last attempt and what kind of help did you get for it? We want to make sure that you are getting the assistance that you need.<br></p><p>​Depression can distort your thinking. It can make you feel like no one is there for you – like you can't imagine life any other way. If you are getting treatment for your depression right now, and it is not working, please speak out because something needs to be changed. Chemical depression is often treated by medication with a combination of counseling, so some type of formal treatment plan needs to be in place.<br></p><p>As you already know depression really plays on your emotions. It tires you out, makes you feel sad or rejected, makes you disinterested in things you used to enjoy, can isolate you, and make your perceptions of things out of whack (like looking through a broken mirror). It also can “show" on a person. Others might think you are being standoffish, irritable, stuck up, or rude, when in actuality you are simply hurting on the inside. Your body language might say “Stay away" so that might be affecting how others are approaching you too. Your friends may actually be afraid for you and not know what to say. Think about how you are fueling them too since friendship is a two way street. Plan an outing one night, give a genuine compliment, and focus on positive statements. When you are feeling “not so great" on the inside it can take extra effort, but sometimes the positive results pump you up a bit.<br></p><p>Stay involved in activities, journal your thoughts, exercise daily, balance every negative thought with a positive one. If a coping skill you used to use a lot no longer works, it is ok to try something different but you have to give it at least a month to see if it works for you. </p><p> You do not have to go through this alone. You can always reach out our hotline too. We are here for you. Here are just a few tips to take a look at, but when you have time check back in every so often. </p><ul><li><a href="/Pages/emotional-timeline.aspx?Topic=Depression">Emotional Timeline</a></li><li><a href="/Pages/tip-choosing-the-right-coping-skill.aspx?Topic=Coping%20Skills">Choosing The Right Coping Skill</a></li><li><a href="/Pages/13-Reasons-Why-Not.aspx?Topic=Suicidal%20Thoughts">13 Reasons Why NOT</a></li></ul><p>Truly you are not alone.</p><p>Laura, Crisis Counselor<br></p></div>19

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