When you feel very low, it can be hard to believe that you will ever feel better. It can help if you accept that you only have to cope with one day at a time. It can also help to acknowledge that your mood has been different before. As your mood has changed before, it can change again.
When I am feeling really well I write a letter to myself about how good it feels and how I can get there again.
Just as your suicidal feelings take time to emerge, so it will take a while for them to fade. Live from day to day and don't expect too much of yourself. Even if you can't see a way forward now, you can be certain that the way you are thinking and feeling about things will change.
Looking after myself when I am unwell
What I can do to help myself feel better
When you are well, write down what you know can help you feel better, e.g. using a distraction box, going for a walk or talking to a friend. You can then refer back to this when you begin to feel unwell.
How I want friends and family to help me
Think about what kind of help you may need when you feel unwell. For example, you may want friends to visit you, or help you with the shopping or cooking. Let your friends and family know, so they can do their best to support you.
People who can help me
Write a list of people you trust and who can help when you are unwell. Note down contact details for emergencies, for friends and family, and for mental health support (e.g. GP, therapist or a helpline).