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How to Create a Safety Plan

published by National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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Things to Consider When Creating a Safety Plan
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Suicidal thoughts can seem like they will last forever – but for many, these thoughts and feelings pass. Having a plan in place that can help guide you through difficult moments can make a difference and keep you safe.
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RECOGNIZE WARNING SIGNS
What sorts of thoughts, images, moods, situations, and behaviors indicate to you that a crisis may be developing? Write these down in your own words.
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USE YOUR OWN COPING STRATEGIES
What are some things that you can do on your own to help you not act on thoughts/urges to harm yourself?
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SOCIALIZE WITH FRIENDS
Make a list of people (with phone numbers) and social settings that may help take your mind off things.
CONTACT FAMILY MEMBERS FOR SUPPORT
Make a list of family members (with phone numbers) who are supportive and who you feel you can talk to when under stress.
CONTACT MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
List names, numbers and/or locations of clinicians, local emergency rooms, crisis hotlines – carry the Lifeline number 1-800-273-8255.
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ENSURE YOUR ENVIRONMENT IS SAFE
Have you thought of ways in which you might harm yourself? Work with your counselor to develop a plan to limit your access to these means.
Click here to download a safety plan template.
* Safety Plan Template developed by Barbara Stanley and Gregory K. Brown