A safety plan is a prioritized list of coping strategies and sources of support. It can help you to identify what leads to your thoughts of suicide, and how to feel better when you are having these thoughts. As a result, you can help yourself to stay safe. Having it written down and planned out means you don’t have to develop a plan when the crisis is happening — it’ll be ready to go when you need it.
There are 6 Steps involved in the development of a Safety Plan.
- Identify your warning signs
- List your coping strategies
- Know how to distract yourself
- Know who to call
- Know which professional can help you
- Make your environment safer
Click here to complete a Safety Plan. When you finish creating your safety plan, you’ll have the option to send it to yourself as a text or email. You’ll also be able to save it directly to your device as a PDF.
Click here to print a blank Safety Plan.
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