Three Supplemental Treatments for Recovery from a Suicide Attempt

Guest writer Steve Johnson discusses three approaches to aid in recovery from a suicide attempt and help improve mental wellness.

Recovery from a suicide attempt is a process that requires many facets of treatment. Of course, most important is a good counselor and possibly a support group. No treatment plan can replace the value of a well-trained counselor.

However, seeking your own supplemental treatments to accompany professional counseling and mental health services can be very helpful in a number of ways, provided that your healthcare provider or mental health counselor is aware of the full scope of all treatment approaches you’re utilizing for your recovery. Here are a few potential options that can aid recovery and help you feel more in control of your mental well-being.

Meditation and Meditative Exercise

The key to recovering from a suicide attempt is to find and build upon an outlet for when you are feeling your worst. Meditation is an ideal crutch to lean on each time you feel you are struggling with recovery.

The focus is to empty the mind which eliminates thoughts of negative self-image, depression, and other detrimental thoughts. As you practice, you will be able to meditate for longer and find it easier to focus on thinking clearly and eradicating intruding thoughts of self-harm and suicide.

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Meditative exercise such as tai chi and yoga offer the added benefit of exercise and the endorphins that come with it. While the meditation works to turn your mind away from the negative thoughts, the exercise prevents such thoughts from occurring. Healthy outlets are a critical component to recovery.

Redesigning Your Diet

The food you eat has an enormous impact on how you feel. A diet loaded with sugars and fats will guarantee a continuation of negative and suicidal thoughts. On the other hand, a diet full of fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats is a perfect way to aid your recovery.

While it can be difficult to make time to cook healthy meals, there are ways to ensure you mainly eat beneficial foods. The two easiest ways to guarantee a home cooked meal every day are slow cookers and freezer meals. Slow cooker meals can be prepped before your day begins and will be ready when your day ends.

Freezer meals can be prepared at the beginning of a week and defrosted throughout. Regardless of how you do it, be sure you are eating as well as possible. Do your research and learn to distinguish truly healthy foods from pseudo healthy foods.

Replace Negative Vices with Positive Outlets

Addiction to any number of common vices can make recovering from a suicide attempt much more difficult. Alcoholism is a common problem people who struggle with suicidal thoughts experience. Of course, drug addiction is also more common among people who have contemplated self-harm, but drugs are much more difficult to come by and are far less socially acceptable.

If you are struggling with addiction on top of suicidal tendencies, seek help. Focus on both addiction recovery and counseling for depression. In the meantime, find a replacement outlet for your addiction such as a fun hobby or exercise.

A suicide attempt is a serious problem that demands immediate treatment. It is critical that you seek help for any coinciding issues such as addiction or mental illness. As you go through professional treatment, it certainly can’t hurt to help the process by changing your diet and seeking positive outlets to replace negative ones.


Steve Johnson has always been dedicated to promoting health and wellness in all aspects of life. Studying in the medical field has shown him how important it is for reputable health-related facts, figures, tips, and other guidance to be readily available to the public. He created PublicHealthLibrary.org with a fellow student to act as a resource for people’s overall health inquiries and as an accurate and extensive source of health information. When he isn’t hard at work in his studies, Steve enjoys playing tennis and listening to his vintage record collection.


If you or someone you know needs help, please call the 24-hour crisis hotlines: 
Australia – Lifeline on 13 11 14
Canada – Find a crisis hotline number at Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention
UK – Samaritans on 116 123
USA – National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255

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