How to Recover from a Suicide Attempt

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Recovery from a suicide attempt is possible. It's a long process and it isn't always easy, but I am living proof that life with mental illness doesn't have to be a death sentence.

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Since I’ve begun sharing how I went from a being a pastor to being hospitalized in a psych ward, people often ask about my recovery. Everyone wants to know, is there a single solution? Where does the magic lie? How do they get their own lives (or their loved ones’) back? Or, as others have said, “What is the one thing that made you want to start living again?”

The truth is, there’s no magic formula, but here are five intentional steps that made my life better. I’m not a professional therapist, and everyone has a different recovery story. I can only share from my own experience.

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If you're new to the site, here's a few other stories to check out: 

  1. From Pastor to Psych Ward
  2. 11 Things to do Once You Decide to Stay Married to Someone With a Mental Illness
  3. A Manifesto for Hard Days