It is very scary and most of the time confusing when you have just experienced someone you care about try to commit suicide and they survived. The immediate happiness of the survival quickly turns to panic and fear of almost losing that person again. This situation is so important to have the right tools to help the person you care about through such a tremendous event.
Our first instincts are to jump right in and try to make the situation better in any way that we think. The issue with taking this approach is that what we think someone needs is not necessarily what the person needs.
The first thing to do is to go slow and listen to the person you care about and their needs. A lot of times they are still in shock of what has transpired and trying to figure out the situation. Listening to them will allow them to feel more comfortable opening up about their emotions and feelings. This is so important to show the person that you are there supporting them in their time of need.
The second thing to do is to have the proper tools for the person if they need anything. The tools can include; emergency contacts readily available, medication if applicable and locking up dangerous tools. Taking these steps can help the recovery of the person.
The third thing to do is to be alert. Always being alert of mood changes or environmental changes is important to help the person you care about in these situations. If you notice anything different you should contact the doctor or emergency numbers so that the doctor(s) can assist in helping the person.
These situations are so tough for everyone involved. The best thing to do is to keep a positive open mind during the recovery of the person. Life is hard, but building strong foundations with the people we care about helps them get through tough situations. For more information you can always check out SurvivingMyLife.