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attempted suicideWhen someone we love attempts suicide, we may experience an intense combination of emotions. We are worried, scared, and often overwhelmed. We want to be able to take away all of their pain and distress. Most importantly, we may not know what to say or do for fear of causing more harm. Every situation is different, and talking with a professional is a great place to begin the healing journey for yourself and your loved one. While you seek professional help, here are a few general tips to keep in mind if a loved one has attempted suicide. 


Be Available

Being available is important. Making it known that you are available to supply whatever support is needed is a powerful statement. Maybe that means phone conversations, walks through the park, or help setting up therapy sessions. Do not just assume that your loved one knows of your support. Talking openly and honestly will help everyone.


It’s Okay to Not Understand

Remember that it’s okay if you do not understand why they did what they did. You don’t need to understand the reasons; you can just show your love and support. 


Encourage Continued Professional Support

Mental health issues, addiction, and trauma are all very complex and difficult challenges. Encourage the use of continued professional support. Try your best not to act as a therapist or as someone who can help your loved one through struggles, especially if you are not educated in the mental health field or don’t experience mental health challenges yourself. Remind your loved one that it is perfectly okay to need help and that everyone needs support at one point or another throughout life. 


Let Them Take the Lead on Sharing

Let your loved one take the lead on opening up and sharing their feelings and experiences. Opening up and being vulnerable is probably something they are working on in therapy. 


When we have a loved one struggling with mental health issues, trauma, or addiction, it can be scary. You may not fully understand what they are experiencing, but you know you want to help them in any way possible. Remember to take time for yourself and also to focus on your own mental health. Helping yourself is a large part of helping others. Here at The Guest House, we know that when a family member is struggling, the entire family may begin to suffer. We are here to help. We are a group of mental health professionals who have extensive experience helping families journey through recovery and healing. Call us today to learn more about our different treatment options at (855) 483-7800.