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Wednesday, November 08, 2023

Surviving Suicide

relaxing on train tracks
Fear, anger, shame, sadness. These are just some of the emotions I experienced in the immediate aftermath of my SUICIDE ATTEMPT. The days, weeks, months and even years following an attempt can look so very different for everyone. This is just a small window into one survivor’s personal experience.
- A Suicide Survivor’s Story
[P]eople who went through “post-traumatic growth” after life-events such as serious illness, divorce or the loss of a job, as well as near-death experiences. Initially, most of them experienced a DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL, where their previous values were thrown into question, and life ceased to have any meaning. After this, they went through a phase of spiritual searching, trying to make sense of what had happened to them, and find new values. And finally, once they had found new spiritual principles to live by, they entered a phase of “spiritual integration,” when they applied these new principles.
- Psychological Healing
When my mother fell to her knees crying SIX YEARS AGO after I told her I can’t afford a plane ticket to visit her anymore - I went in the garage, hooked up a hose to the car’s tailpipe, sat in the front seat with it, turned on the engine, shut it off a few seconds later, and chickened out.
- Lost All Hope


I’m with the JAPANESE.  Suicide is a morally honorable way to step away from a lousy, miserable life that turned south.  After awhile the pain can get get so bad, that even your loved ones find it hard to deal with, and you wind up pulling them with you.

Because of CATALYTIC COVERTERS, inhaling car exhaust may not produce enough carbon monoxide to guaranty death.  Maybe LAYING DOWN ON TRAIN TRACKS is a better idea.

How many things can be more painful than a failed suicide attempt without a NADIR EXPERIENCE, epiphany or some other TRANSFORMATIVE EVENT after?

The article below makes it seems not too many.  Are they serious? 


Surviving a Suicide Attempt

By the Psychology Today Staff

Suicide attempts are significantly more common than completed suicides. In 2019, for example, the CDC REPORTED that in the U.S., there were 47,500 completed suicides compared to 1.4 million attempts - and while both of these numbers are likely underreported, they suggest that less than 5 percent of suicide attempts are fatal.

Those who attempt suicide and survive often require significant support afterward, and should seek mental healthcare if they are able. But the good news is that while some who have attempted suicide continue to struggle with suicidal thoughts, the majority of those who attempt suicide will not attempt suicide again; overall, the CDC reports that more than 90 percent of those who survive a suicide attempt will not go on to die by suicide.

The Aftermath of Attempted Suicide

Most suicide attempts are non-fatal, and most people who attempt suicide do not go on to attempt again. But that doesn’t mean that surviving a suicide attempt will immediately solve the issues that first drove the person to make an attempt on their own life. Understanding the potential emotional aftermath of an attempt - and being aware that anyone who attempted suicide once may still be at risk - is necessary for helping survivors get mentally well and protecting them from future harm.

How do survivors usually feel after a suicide attempt?

The emotions that follow a suicide attempt can vary widely - from relief and hopefulness to sadness, anger, or regret. Some suicide survivors report feeling immediate second thoughts after the attempt, followed by an intense feeling of relief when they realized they’d survived. Some feel as if they’ve been given a new lease on life, and are able to return to their lives with a greater sense of purpose and gratitude; others report feeling as if a burden has been lifted - especially if they had been keeping their mental health challenges or suicidal thoughts secret from their loved ones - or as if they’ve been “snapped out” of their despair.

But sadly, such feelings aren’t universal. Some who survive a suicide attempt report feeling disappointed, ashamed, empty, or even more depressed than they were before. Although some evidence suggests that such negative feelings will dissipate for the majority of suicide attempt survivors, they should be heeded if present, as they may indicate that the individual is still at risk of suicidal thoughts or future suicidal behaviors. While anyone who has attempted suicide should seek mental healthcare in the immediate aftermath, it is especially imperative for those who continue to feel predominantly negative or who are having thoughts of a future attempt.

Are people who survived a suicide attempt still at risk?

They can be. While many people who attempted suicide go on to live happy, fulfilling lives, previous suicide attempts are known RISK FACTORS for future attempts. Thus, its important for anyone who has attempted suicide in the past, and their loved ones, to pay attention to their mental well-being and seek immediate help when thoughts of suicide resurface.

How many suicide attempt survivors attempt suicide again at a later time?

Most people who attempt suicide - approximately 70 percent, according to some studies - will never attempt suicide again. Of those who do attempt suicide again, most will survive. Studies have estimated that anywhere from 5 to 13 percent of those who attempt suicide will later go on to die by it.

What can be done to better the lives of suicide attempt survivors?

Despite the relative prevalence of non-fatal suicide attempts, survivors are often left out of conversations around suicide, and their well-being post-attempt has not been the subject of a significant amount of research. In order to IMPROVE THE LIFE OF SUICIDE ATTEMPT SURVIVORS and to reduce their risk of later death by suicide, researchers suggest an increased focus on their mental state after an attempt - with a particular focus on identifying the factors that promote well-being and resilience.

Important, too, is a better understanding of what differentiates those who go on to attempt again and those who don’t, along with the emotional and social strategies that can best help individuals cope. Psychological flexibility, for example, is theorized to help survivors move forward after the attempt, rather than ruminating on it. If such theories are held up in research, treatment approaches that foster psychological flexibility - both before and after an attempt - may be valuable to explore.


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