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After a suicide attempt

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Lots of emotions swirl around after a suicide attempt. The young person who attempted to end his/her life may feel guilty or ashamed. Most feel relieved that they did not die. Family members and friends may be angry or judgmental, asking how could this have happened. Worry about if or when there might be another suicide attempt is common.

A youth who has attempted to end his/her life has a higher risk of later dying by suicide; research has shown that between 5 and 11 percent of people who survive a suicide attempt go on to die from suicide.

What you should know and do:

  • Reduce the risk of self-harm or suicide at the family home by removing or securing any weapons, knives, chemicals (weedkiller, rat poison etc);
  • Only keep small quantities of medications on hand or lock them in a cabinet and remove unused or expired medications;
  • Keep only small quantities of alcohol in the home;
  • Build supports for the child/youth who attempted suicide through counseling, family, friends, and community resources;
  • Be aware of "triggers", such as school, relationships or sports;

Being "strong" and providing that important "safety net" and a vision of hope for the suicidal youth can be emotionally exhausting. It is important that friends and family members get help from others. Utilize friends, relatives, and community resources; no one should handle this on their own!

Resources for help might include:




Aware Ireland

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre


Recovery (Substance Abuse)

1850 60 90 90

1800 24 7 100

1800 66 66 66

1890 30 33 02

1800 77 88 88

01 833 8252

01 668 1855



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Warning Signs

Warning signs may include but are not limited to:
Withdrawing from family and friends
Having difficulty concentrating and thinking clearly
Sleeping too much or too little
Feeling tired most of the time
Gaining or losing a significant amount of weight
Talking about feeling hopeless or guilty
Talking about suicide or death
Self-destructive behaviour like drinking too much or abusing drugs
Losing interest in favourite things or activities
Giving away prized possessions
Mood swings
If a friend mentions suicide, take it seriously. If they have expressed an immediate plan, or have access to prescription medication or other potentially deadly means, do not leave them alone. Get help immediately.


The Samaritans116 123
Pieta House1800 247 247
Aware1890 30 33 02
ISPCC Childline1800 66 66 66
Teen-Line Ireland1800 83 36 34

Contact Us

Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland (RCN20070670)
Atrium Business Centre
Blackpool Retail Park, Blackpool
Cork City, Ireland
Tel 021 - 242 7173
Email admin@yspi.eu