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How can you welcome someone home after a suicide attempt?

4 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Stewart
Clinical Psychology 44 years experience
Talk about distress: That led to the suicide attempt. Ask about recent stress & what the person needs to resolve it. Be open to & empathic with the person's thoughts & feelings. Discussing suicidal thoughts will not make them worse. Strongly encourage counseling & offer to go. Strongly encourage removing methods of suicide. Talk to a supportive person about your own thoughts & feelings about suicide & death.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Post-suicide: Be there for them. Be empathetic & engage them in social activities to boost their esteem.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
With open arms: The person may be feeling uncomfortable or ashamed, so it's important to receive them however they are in the moment. Welcome them back into the family; be open to their need to talk. Listen. Share in return. Give affection and hugs. Give them a part in preparing meals, setting table, etc. Take walks with them. Let them know you're glad they're alive.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy with that person would be a good start in exploring the question you ask as well as many others afterward.

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What is the procedure for someone after a suicide attempt?

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Dr. Michael Welsh
Clinical Psychology 18 years experience
Hospitalization: After someone attempts suicide they are normally admitted to a psychiatric hospital for a couple of days to stabilize and assess medications. Most people follow up with outpatient treatment after discharge.

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