How to Create the Support You Need

Lean on me, when you’re not strong. And I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on.

One of the most important resources you will need to get through your suicidal episode is the support of other people. Many psychologists believe that the need to belong and connect is the most fundamental of all human needs. This need is so important that social isolation is deemed a major risk factor for suicide. Having a sense of belonging with others, on the other hand, creates a buffer against suicide.

If you are like many people who have become suicidal, you have developed “tunnel vision,” in which you cannot see your way out of your predicament and feel that you are alone in your pain. People who are supportive can help you realize that you are not alone. They can also help you to “turn on the light” so you can see your way out of the tunnel.

When you have people on your side, they can see your life and your prospects for recovery more clearly and objectively than you are able. If you feel hopeless, they can hold “a field of hope” for your recovery and believe for you what you cannot believe for yourself. They can also connect you to crucial resources such as counseling or support groups.

Therefore, it is important that you put together a group of people who will serve as your guides to shepherd you through your suicidal crisis.

The information below will guide you to reach out to others to find the support that you need.