I've Survived an Attempt

Finding Hope through the Darkness 

The word attempt means different things to different people. Whatever that means to you, we’re glad you’re here.

If you know someone who has survived a suicide attempt, this page is for you too. Insight into what it might have been like for someone who's attempted suicide can be a stepping stone to conversations and support.

Hope is Possible

The Journey to Recovery

Recovery is a journey during which you may have many thoughts and feelings, from shame to hope and everything in between. After an attempt, you may see your life in a new perspective or you may feel overwhelmed about what your future holds. You could also be angry to have survived. Moving through these emotions is not a linear process. There will be ups and downs and steps backward along the way, but recovery is possible. 

Wherever you are in your journey and however you’re feeling, you are not alone. Many have traveled the road of recovery before you, and many walk beside you now. Whether it’s a community of other survivors, crisis resources, mental health support, friends, or family, support is here for you. 

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Suicide attempt surivors tell Today what went through their minds in what they expected to be their final moments and what it’s like to return to a life they tried to end.

What It's Like to Survive a Suicide Attempt


You've Survived a Significant Health Event

Suicide is a health crisis, no different than a heart attack or stroke. In a suicidal crisis, your brain is physically unable to see a way through the pain, emptiness, or exhaustion. This is a neurological state that defies our natural survival instinct. Like any other health crisis, recovery takes time and attention. In addition to the impact the attempt itself can have on your life, there may also be mental illness, grief, trauma, isolation, circumstances, and ongoing suicidal thoughts to tend to in your recovery. Give yourself compassion and patience, and seek out the services and resources that will best support your wellbeing. 

Counselor tip: You belong to a community of suicide attempt survivors. Their stories can offer you strategies and hope.

Support your recovery journey with tools, stories, and strategies that others have used to recover from a suicide attempt. Learn ways to keep yourself safe and read stories that show you there is hope.

Free Suicide Attempt Recovery Handbook

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Your Story Belongs to You 

There's No Right or Wrong Way to Tell Your Story 

Processing a suicide attempt demands a lot of energy, thought, and emotion. Take it at your own pace and get support when you need it. If and when you’re ready to share your story, remember: Who you tell, what you say, and how you say it are all up to you. Any time something significant happens in our lives, we have the right to choose where it fits in our life story and who we share it with. 

Every Story is Different

It's okay to talk about suicide. Asking about suicide and talking openly about it saves lives. Hear what these suicide attempt survivors have to say.

Suicide Attempt Survivor Portraits and True Stories

Survivors on Live Through This say that it's important for suicide attempt survivors to know there's hope after an attempt and that you're not alone. They share their stories for solidarity, support, and the hope to change the conversation about suicide. They want you to know that they've been there too. Read their stories of compassion, resilience, and survival.

Explore Their Stories

The Elements of Recovery

Everyone Has Mental Health. You Deserve to Take Care of Yours. 

Wherever you are in your recovery journey, take the actions, use the tools, and find the people that support your mental health. What you need will likely change from one day to the next. Give yourself the space to check in on how you're doing and the encouragement to take care of yourself.

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Connect with Mental Health Care

Mental health care with someone you trust is an essential part of recovery after a suicide attempt. Take the time to find a counselor, therapist, and/or psychiatrist who's a good fit for you

Here are some places you can learn more about therapists and psychiatrists near you: 

How You Can Work with a Counselor or Therapist

Find Your Way Through

Working with a therapist or other mental health professional can help you take care of your emotional wellbeing, address any circumstances that might have led you to your attempt, and help you make a plan for staying safe in the future. 


After a suicide attempt, it can feel like nothing will be normal again. A suicide attempt can impact every part of your life. Working with a therapist can help you address the changes since your attempt and navigate life today.

Continue to Grow

A suicide attempt may reveal areas of your life you want to address, values, challenges you want to face differently, questions you want to explore, and more. Work with a therapist to learn more about yourself and how you wish to grow. 

Surround Yourself With What Lifts You Up

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Create an environment that leaves you feeling safe and supported. Your supportive environment is personal to you. Include anything and anyone you find healing and empowering, like: 

  • important people and online communities
  • your physical surroundings
  • what you spend your time doing
  • podcasts
  • television shows
  • favorite music and movies
  • educational materials
  • school and work relationships
  • support groups
  • mental health support

Explore More Ways to Take Care Of Yourself

Define Self-Care for Yourself

You have the power to decide what self-care means to you. Here are some ideas to try:


Create a personal safety plan that includes people to call, coping skills to use, and steps to take to create a safe environment.

Write a Personal Coping Statement

What are the most important things to say to yourself when you're struggling with suicidal thoughts and feelings? Make a list and keep them someplace easy to find.

Find a Community

Find a local or online community that offers support and hope for survivors of a suicide attempt.

Discover a New Practice

Continue learning the self-care and wellness practices that work for you. 

Suicide Prevention & Support Resources

We've collected lifelines, organizations, resources, guides, articles, online tools, and more so it's easier to help.

Suicide Prevention & Support Resources