How can I help my husband after a suicide attempt?

After he got home from the hospital he was angry, then for a time wonderful. Now he is depressed and hopeless again.

Sarah McIntyre
Sarah McIntyre
Sarah McIntyre, M.Ed., LPC
This must be so difficult for both of you.  Watching someone you love suffer so profoundly can bring up lots of difficult feelings.  Without knowing what you are already doing, I have a few thoughts to share with you. 

  • First and foremost, know that you cannot fix this for him, and get support for yourself.
  • As much as you are able, make space in your relationship for him to talk about what he is experiencing.  He might not want to talk, and that is ok.
  • If he wants to talk, try to listen without judgement and without trying to talk him out of his feelings.  Focus on validating his feelings and just sitting with him in his pain.
  • Let him know how you feel...that you love him, that you care, that you are concerned, that this is scary for you too, that you are here.

I hope that this is helpful.  On my website (www.sarahmcintyrelpc.com), I've written a series of blog posts about coping with distress.  The techniques I've written about there may be supportive for you and your husband.  Sending warm wishes your way. 

 -Sarah


The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide. If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room.

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