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.
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.
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?
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.
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.