The key elements to include in your safety plan:
- Identify your warning signs: What thoughts, images, moods, situations, and behaviors can warn you that a crisis may be developing? Write them down.
- List your coping strategies: What are some things that you can do on your own to help you not act on thoughts/urges to harm yourself?
- Know how to distract yourself: Spending time with others may offer support as well as take your mind off a crisis: Make a list of people (with phone numbers) and public places that might help take your mind off things.
- Know who to call: Which family members or friends help you most in a crisis: Make a list of the people (with phone numbers) who are supportive and who you can talk to when you feel really stressed.
- Know which professionals can help you: Mental health professionals and agencies are available to help at any time: List names, numbers and/or locations of clinicians, local emergency rooms, crisis hotlines. Carry the NYC Well Number 1-888-692-9355 with you always.
- Ensure you are in a safe place: Have you thought of ways in which you might harm yourself? Make it impossible! Work with a counselor to develop a plan to limit your access to these dangers.
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