To Help Yourself
When You're Feeling Suicidal
someone who can help.
Tell your therapist, a friend, a family member,
or someone else who can help.
Distance yourself from any means of suicide.
If you are thinking of taking an overdose, get
rid of any pills or give your
medications to someone who can dispense them to you one dose at a time.
Temporarily remove any dangerous objects or weapons from your home.
Avoid alcohol or any other drugs not prescribed for you.
Don't try to do things you're likely to fail at or find difficult until
Know what your limits are and don't try to go
beyond them until you feel
better. Set realistic goals for yourself and work at them slowly, a
step at a
Make a written schedule for yourself every day and stick to it no
Set priorities for the things that need to be
done first. Cross things out on
your schedule as you accomplish them. A written schedule gives you a
predictability and control. Crossing out tasks as you complete them
feeling of accomplishment. And while you're at it, don't forget to
enjoyable activities, like some of the following:
to music or playing a musical instrument
a book or magazine
a warm bath
a movie or TV
with your pet
a drive or a walk
to your physical health.
a well-balanced diet. Don't skip meals.
as much sleep as you need, and exercise regularly.
to other people.
you talk about your feelings or about any other topic, it's likely to
Remember that this is not a permanent condition.