What is safety planning?
Every day, around eight Australians die by suicide. These deaths represent a tragic loss of life and potential, and are devastating for families, friends, colleagues and communities. Some people, particularly LGBTI and Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islander communities are at an increased risk of suicide.
Often, when someone is thinking about suicide, it’s not so much that they want to die – but that they want their pain to stop. And there’s a part of them that still wants to live, if only life wasn’t so hard. It can be helpful to have a plan for how to get through these times – this is called a safety plan.
A safety plan is for people to use when they are feeling unsafe or suicidal – a plan to refer to and remind themselves of reasons to live, family and friends they can talk to, ideas of activities to do when they’re alone to aid when they are vulnerable.
While everyone’s plan will be unique to them, the process and structure are the same – it prompts you to work through the steps until you feel safe.
What is Beyond Now?
Beyond Blue has developed Beyond Now, an easy-to-use suicide safety planning app for smartphones that provides a convenient way for people to develop a personalised safety plan.
The app makes creating and using a safety plan easy by guiding someone through the steps one-by-one, offering suggestions for each step. It can be updated or edited anytime and offers the option of sharing it with support people.
Beyond Now is free to download from the Apple Store or Google Play. If you don’t have a smartphone or would prefer to use your desktop or laptop, Beyond Now is also available to use online.
Beyond Now is designed to be used as part of your overall mental wellbeing and safety strategy. It is not intended to be your only form of support. Ideally you should work with a health professional or support person to create your plan.
Beyond Now was developed by Beyond Blue and Monash University in collaboration with people who have experience with suicidal thoughts or a suicidal crisis.
Beyond Blue would like to acknowledge Professor Barbara Stanley and Professor Greg Brown for developing the concept of safety planning, and Dr Glenn Melvin, the software development team at Two Bulls, and Marcus Lee Designs for their valuable contributions to this project.
This Beyond Blue project was originally funded by donations from the Movember Foundation.
Beyond Blue acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land on which our Head Office is based. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and as an organisation with national reach we extend our respect to all Elders and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia.
Beyond Blue is grateful for the generous input of a number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members and representatives from Health Services and organisations which has helped shape the design and content of Beyond Now.