The time after a suicide attempt can be very confusing and filled with lots of conflicting emotions. Typically, the pain and problems that lead a person to consider suicide are still present and are compounded by reactions of family and friends. Many suicide attempt survivors feel embarrassed, ashamed or guilty about their attempt. Some feel angry that they are still alive. Others are grateful that they survived and are determined to find the reasons they are still here.
Because of the stigma associated with suicide, many suicide attempt survivors feel very alone and don’t know where to turn. Talking with others who have similar experiences can be an important part of healing after a suicide attempt. Lifeline WA’s Eclipse Support Groups offer a safe, non judgmental place for people to talk about the feelings that led them to attempt suicide and to talk about the impact that their attempt had on their lives.
Group meetings provide a time for members to share their stories and strategies for survival. The facilitators will lead discussions to help members better recognise what led to their suicide attempt and incorporate other ways to relieve the pain.