Changes to Beyond Now due to the Coronavirus outbreak

The need for physical distancing during the coronavirus pandemic has restricted some of our usual activities. As public events are cancelled and we’re required to stay inside, some items in your safety plan may need to be reviewed. 

In particular, you may find the things that are usually helpful for Step 5: People and places I can connect with are difficult under the new restrictions. It’s still really important to have a plan to keep you safe if you’re feeling suicidal. Please review your plan with a mental health professional or trusted loved one. We’ve revised the questions for this section and included some suggestions that may help you stay connected during this time.

If you need further support, you can access Beyond Blue’s dedicated Coronavirus Mental Health Support Service

Create your Beyond Now safety plan 

Pick a time when you’re feeling calm and settled to create your plan. Ideally you should run through it with your health professional or support person.

For each of the steps below, think about what works for you and enter it in the space available for free text. Your safety plan should include things you find helpful, as well as what to look out for or avoid. If you get stuck, you can select anything you think might be useful from our suggestions. Make sure you click 'Add' to include them in your plan.

Once you've finished your plan you can print a PDF, or email a copy to yourself, your GP, mental health professional or trusted supporters.

If you need immediate support, call triple zero (000) or contact your regular health practitioner.

My safety plan

My warning signs

Warning signs are changes that let you know you're heading into a crisis. Knowing your warning signs can help you act early. What are your warning signs?

My warning signs are...

My reasons to live

When you're feeling suicidal, it's easy to forget about the good things in life. Thinking about these things can help you manage until the feelings pass. Write down things that make you want to live - big or small!

My reasons to live are...


Suggestions (click to add)

Everyone has reasons to live, no matter how small or unimportant they seem. Think about what's important to you and what you have to look forward to.

Making my space safe

It's important to make your space as safe as you can. Get rid of stuff that could be used to end your life.

Things I can do...

Things I can do by myself

Doing things to distract yourself from suicidal thoughts can help keep you safe. List some of the things you like doing by yourself.

Things I can do...


Suggestions (click to add)

Other people have found these things work – what works best for you?

 


People and places, I can connect with

We all need to ensure we stay physically distant from others for now, but connecting with people and places is still important and can make you feel better. Make a list of people you could spend time with over the phone or video chat, or online spaces you can go to be around other people.

Note: This step has been affected by the physical distancing regulations during the coronavirus pandemic. More information can be found through Beyond Blue’s dedicated Coronavirus Mental Health Support Service.

 

People I can talk or yarn to

People you trust can help you stay safe and feel better. List the people you can talk or yarn to when you feel suicidal.

People I can talk to...

Name

Phone

Alt. Contact

Professional support

Professional support is always there if you need it. List the services that work for you. In an emergency, always call 000.

  • 000
  • Lifeline 13 11 14 (24/7)
  • Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659467 (24/7)

Add contact here

Name

Phone

Alt. Contact


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