Recovering from suicidal feelings

Realizing you’re suicidal is unquestionably a low point in life, but it should not be an end point.

The oft-heard adage is true: Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. With time and help, everyone can feel better.

A new study illuminates that truth. Researchers examined the records of over 2,000 Canadian adults who had been classified as suicidal and found that nearly 40 percent of them later achieved complete mental health.

Complete mental health. That means not only were they free from suicidal thoughts, they had no symptoms of mental illness and reported feeling satisfied and happy almost every day.

I love seeing turnarounds like these. And my experience supports what the study found: Complete recovery is much more likely when the suicidal person has someone they can confide in. That person can be a therapist, a spiritual leader, a friend, a family member, or anyone else.

Building that support network is important for everyone’s mental health. If you feel like your network is weak, work to become more involved in your community. The best way I’ve seen to do that is through volunteer work. It not only offers opportunities to form relationships with the people you serve and serve with, it shows you the value your life can have and leads to more and more positive feelings.

Other important steps in recovering from an encounter with suicidal thoughts and feelings include eating right, sleeping enough, exercising, spending time in nature, and getting treatment for any mental illnesses you have.

Life will get better! And it’s encouraging to read how much better it can get for so many people.

Read more about the study here.

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