Safety PlanRecognize Your Triggers, Know Where to Turn for Help, and Know How to Keep Yourself Safe

The key elements to include in your safety plan:

  1. Identify your warning signs: What thoughts, images, moods, situations, and behaviors can warn you that a crisis may be developing? Write them down.
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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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