Safety Plan Guidance


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Developing your own Safety Plan can play a vital role in keeping you safe when you are dealing with difficult feelings, thoughts, and emotions. This can be both in times of crisis but also when you are feeling more settled to maintain your mental health and wellbeing.

Your Safety Plan should be filled in when you are able to do this safely and when you can have space to consider the actions you can take to help prevent your thoughts from becoming intense and overwhelming.

It is important to know that help is available, and your Safety Plan can be a reminder for you to reach out to others for support as you need to.

If you need help right now, please contact someone you know that you trust, your GP, NHS 24, Police Scotland, Samaritans or go to the contacts section for other agencies that can help.

  • 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.
  • Your Safety Plan is personal to you, and you may complete it alone, but you may also then choose to share it with people you trust as part of helping to stay safe.
  • You can develop your safety plan in the way that works best for you. It does not need to all be filled out at once and you may choose to revisit it several times.
  • There is no right order for you to complete your safety plan and you can work through the sections in the order that you feel most comfortable with each time.
  • It can be helpful to start 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 and that is okay.
  • Your Safety Plan can change over time, and you can make changes whenever it feels right to do so.
  • For each section we have included some examples in each text box to help you think about your answers.

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