I found a book which became my companion and one line in the book I found helpful was “Protect your mind; it’s not an open field”. All manner of thoughts would cross my mind; how life was not worth living, how I should free my husband from the pains I brought him and these thoughts made me suicidal however the information I got from that book helped me in re-channeling my thoughts to begin to see the beauty of life and living.
Mary’s son first became unwell in prison in 2004. He had an acute psychotic episode in 2007. Mary has struggled to get a diagnosis for her son and was shocked at the care he received in the hospital. Her son is now stable and living independently.
Tim was first unwell when he was 19 and has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. He has been on Depixol injections for many years and believes acceptance of his diagnosis, the love of his mother, and religion have all helped him lead a happier life.
Thoughts of suicide can increase if you spend a lot of time alone, or don’t feel you can tell anyone your problems. Talk to someone, like a Counsellor, about ways that you can increase social supports in your life.