L & B Counseling

Suicide Prevention Month: Tools & Strategies

Life can throw some incredibly tough challenges our way, and at times, it might feel like there’s no way out. It’s during these moments that thoughts of suicide can creep in. But remember,
you’re not alone in this. Many people have faced these thoughts and found alternative paths to healing. Suicide may seem like the only option when you’re deep in despair, but we’re here to tell you
that there are other routes. This info sheet is your guide to discovering coping skills and strategies that can help you navigate through those dark moments. We believe in your strength and resilience, and we’re here to support you on your journey toward hope, healing, and a brighter future.”

1. Mindful Breathing
Take slow, deep breaths to calm your mind and body.
Inhale for a count of four, hold for four, exhale for four. Repeat.

2. Self-Soothing
Try relaxation techniques like yoga or meditation.
Pamper yourself with a warm bath, soothing music, or a favorite book.

3. Creative Outlets
Express your feelings through art, writing, or music.
Doodle, journal, or compose a song to release emotions.

4. Distraction Magic
Watch a funny movie or TV show.
Solve puzzles, play video games, or read an exciting book.

5. Plan for Fun
Create a list of activities you enjoy.
Schedule regular fun times in your week to look forward to.

6. Positive Affirmations
Repeat positive statements like, “I am strong,” “I can overcome,” or “I am loved.”
Write them on sticky notes and place them where you’ll see them often.

7. Connect with Nature
Go for a walk, hike, or simply spend time outdoors.
Nature can be incredibly soothing and refreshing.

8. Reach Out
Talk to a trusted friend or family member about your feelings.
Sometimes, sharing your thoughts can lift a heavy burden.
9. Music Therapy 
Create a playlist of songs that make you feel happy and motivated.
Music has the power to uplift your spirits.

10. Acts of Kindness
Do something nice for someone else.
Helping others can boost your own mood.

11. Physical Activity 󰝯**
Go for a run, dance, or do yoga.
Exercise releases endorphins, which improve your mood.

12. Mindful Eating 🍏
Pay attention to what you eat.
Nourishing your body with balanced meals can improve your well-being.

13. Laughter Therapy 😄
Watch a comedy show or funny videos online.
Laughter can be a great stress reliever.

14. Connect with Animals 🐾
Spend time with pets if you have them.
The unconditional love of animals can be comforting.

Remember, these coping techniques are like tools in your emotional toolbox. You can use
different ones depending on how you’re feeling. It’s okay to reach out for help when needed, and
there are people who care about you and want to support you on your journey to feeling better.
These strategies and tools were created by Brittany Preslar, LCSWA, of L&B Counseling.