Giving it time means not acting on the suicidal thoughts right this minute. It meant giving me time to heal, to feel better, to have the feelings pass. It meant reaching out to friends, one day soon reaching out again to a hotline, and just holding on for the seconds, for the minutes. Because holding on for the seconds and the minutes will turn to hours and days, weeks and months. And somewhere during that duration of time, I will feel better again, and I won’t want to die anymore at all and some days, I won’t want to die as much. And in that time, I work on my adaptive coping strategies. I tolerate my feelings, which does not mean I like them, but I co-exist with them.
Source: Say the Word Suicide: Give It Time | Future ARTICLE Fall 2017 | #WWRRM