Safety Plan Guidance
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A safety plan can play a vital role in keeping you safe when you're feeling distressed or suicidal. Your Safety Plan is designed to support you, help you deal with difficult feelings and emotions, and to help you to reach out to others in times of crisis and when you’re having thoughts of suicide.
You may find it helpful to work with a professional who can support you to fill out the safety plan. Or you may prefer to complete your safety plan with your partner, friend, family member, or on your own.
If you are able to, try to complete the Safety Plan at a time when you are feeling well and when you have time to fill it out comprehensively. You can think about your answers, find out all the information you need, and be adequately prepared if you enter a crisis period. Knowing you have this plan in place may make you and others in your life feel more confident about having the support you need in a crisis.
Work through the sections, starting with “Warning Signs” and for each section, enter your own personalised response. Everybody is different in terms of the things that they find helpful, so your safety plan will be unique to you and it may only make sense to you – that’s ok.
For each section we have included some examples in each text box to help you think about your answers.
Reasons to Live
Places for Distraction