Overcoming a Suicide:
- Allow yourself time to grieve. Don’t deny the pain.
- Attending the funeral can be helpful in allowing you to accept the death and begin the process of saying goodbye.
- Be aware of your body’s reactions. Psychosomatic problems may emerge.
- Do not isolate yourself from family, friends, or other support networks.
- Do take time and space for private mourning.
- Recognize that feeling disoriented and disorganized is a normal process of grief.
- Be aware of guilt feelings that are almost always present after a suicide. (Things such as “I should have known” or “I should have been able to stop them.”)
- Don’t use drugs and alcohol to avoid the pain.
- Becoming depressed is not unusual after a suicide. Sometimes survivors of suicide begin to think of suicide themselves. If this occurs, ask for and accept help for yourself.
- It’s OK to reach out to others to give them support, but don’t use this to avoid your own feelings.
- Seek out support if you begin to have sleeplessness and/or nightmares.
- Talk out your feelings and thoughts.
- Accept support when someone reaches out to you.
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If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the above symptoms or problems, New Dimensions can help. Our team of experienced therapists and psychiatrists can help you overcome these challenges and help you develop the skills you need to thrive. To schedule a complementary assessment or to find out more about our programs, contact us at 1-800-685-9796.
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