Improving Mental Health After Suicide Loss
By Brandi Goodman
Suicide is a word often left unspoken, but one that is becoming so prevalent in today's society. Suicide survivor support groups are growing by the thousands. November recognizes International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day for good reason. Those left behind often develop mental health struggles after such a devastating loss. Finding ways to unwind, de-stress, and improve mental health overall can help.
Join a Support Group
Support groups are available both in person and online. Online options are often easier to access since many cities do not have a live group to attend. You may have to travel to the closest option. Facebook even offers suicide survivor support groups that allow those left behind to share stories of their loved ones, reach out for guidance, and simply find a safe place to share their thoughts and feelings. Living with your own negative thoughts can sometimes be detrimental to your mental health. Get those feelings out there and find support from others who understand.
Maintain an Exercise Routine
It may be difficult in the days and even months after your loss. You may struggle to get up and out of bed, let alone find the willpower to exercise. Exercise is beneficial for your mental health though. It can release endorphins and help to boost your mood. Try your best to maintain an exercise routine so you can give your brain that boost it needs.
Remember the Good Times
Thinking about your lost loved one can be hard. Try your best to remember the good times. Find a way to reminisce your favorite memories -- especially those that make you laugh. Laughing is a way to boost mood and enhance your well-being. Look at funny photos of them or watch funny videos you may have. You can even watch their favorite funny movie or show as a way to feel close to them.
International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day arrives on the Saturday before Thanksgiving because the holidays are often the hardest to get through. Those left behind often struggle with their own mental health and negative thoughts. Consider these tips to improve your mental health and well-being and help yourself unwind and de-stress after particularly difficult days.
If you are now struggling with the same thoughts your loved one succumbed to, seek help. Reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741, the Crisis Text Line. You are not alone.
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