Research shows that attempt survivors have an increased risk for suicidal behaviors. If you are an attempt survivor reading this, it is very important for you to access helping supports and resources, such as close family and friends, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) [Press 1 for Veterans] and those listed below.
Connect with Help (Additional Supports) in the Community:
- Pastoral counselor
- Primary care provider
- Other qualified professionals
- School nurse/guidance counselor
Please visit the Get Help page for additional telephone numbers and helping supports and resources. Attempt survivors are strongly encouraged to seek out counseling resources as well.
How to Talk to Childen and Youth
The US Department of Veteran Affairs has developed a series of fact sheets on how to talk to children and youth in different age groups about a suicide attempt in your family. These facts sheets are available below.
It may also help to hear about the experiences of individuals who have survived a suicide attempt. A Voice at the Table features attempt survivors who are now working to prevent others from attempting suicide. Circles of Support may also be of interest to friends and family members of suicide attempt survivors.
If you are a family member or a friend trying to support an attempt survivor, you need to be aware of the warning signs for increased risk – see Warning Signs. Do not be afraid to ask your loved one if they are thinking about hurting or killing themselves. Knowing how to access appropriate community resources and safety supports can help you support your loved one in his/her crisis. Visit the Get Helppage for this information.
A Guide for Taking Care of Your Family Member After Treatment in the Emergency Department
A Guide for Taking Care of Yourself After Your Treatment in the Emergency Department
A Guide for Medical Providers in the Emergency Department Taking Care of Suicide Attempt Survivors