Creating your safety plan
For each step of your safety plan, think about what will work for you and enter it in the space available. Your plan should reflect you – things that are helpful, as well as what to look out for or avoid. If you get stuck at any point, you can tap ‘Give me suggestions’ for some ideas other people have found useful.
You can scroll through each step of the safety plan by swiping left or right, or tapping the arrows at the bottom corners of the screen. Alternatively, you can skip to any step by selecting the menu icon at the top left corner then choosing the step you want.
From the home screen, tap the ‘Edit my plan’ button to make any changes.
1. My warning signs
Warning signs are changes that let you know you're heading into a crisis. Knowing your personal warning signs can help you act early. You might notice changes in your thoughts, or feelings, some physical symptoms, or it might be an outside trigger or event. What are your warning signs?
2. Make my space safe
When you notice your warning signs occurring, you need to make your space as safe as you can. Get rid of things that could be used to end your life. It can be helpful at this step to involve a loved one or trusted friend, e.g. giving medication or car keys to someone else to look after.
3. Reasons for living
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. They can be big or small, and you can also include photos.
4. Things I can do by myself
Doing things to distract yourself from suicidal thoughts can help keep you safe and build your confidence and coping skills. Here you can list some of the things you like doing by yourself.
5. People and places I can connect with
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, 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. In this step, you can 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.
6. People I can talk or yarn to
If you’re still struggling with your thoughts, then it’s time to reach out to people you trust who can help you stay safe and feel better. Here is where you list people you can talk or yarn to when you feel suicidal. It’s a good idea to share your plan with the people on the list.
7. Professional support
If you’ve worked through all of your steps and still feel overwhelmed, then it’s time to seek professional support. You can list the supports and services that work for you here. You can add numbers direct from your phone contacts, so you can call them with one touch.