There are a few things that I wish a suicide attempt survivor had told me, prior to my own attempt.
If you are struggling or feeling hopeless, please consider the following:
It can get better. It is not your fault that you feel this way. It is o.k. to need help. It is brave to ask for it. You can learn to manage these feelings. Others have been where you are. You are not alone. The people who love you will definitely be glad you stayed alive. You deserve to feel better.
There is hope.
[Originally published 9/6/2018]