1. What is suicide safety planning?
    I'm very grateful to have the BeyondNow app as it has changed my life
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BeyondNow – Your suicide safety planning app


What is safety planning?

If you or someone close to you is experiencing suicidal thoughts or feelings, safety planning can help you get through the tough moments. 

It involves creating a structured plan – ideally with support from your health professional or someone you trust – that you work through when you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts, feelings, distress or crisis.

Your safety plan starts with things you can do by yourself, such as thinking about your reasons to live and distracting yourself with enjoyable activities. It then moves on to coping strategies and people you can contact for support – your friends, family and health professionals.

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?

Convenient and confidential, the Beyond Now app puts your safety plan in your pocket so you can access and edit it at any time. You can also email a copy to trusted friends, family or your health professional so they can support you when you're experiencing suicidal thoughts or heading towards a suicidal crisis. 

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.

Joel's experience with safety planning

I think it's really important to raise visibility of mental health issues particularly it in the LGBTIQA community. When I was struggling with my mental health I had no idea where to start, so I think that the Beyond Now app is a really great initiative. If you or someone close to you is experiencing suicidal thoughts or feelings, safety planning can help you get through the tough moments.

For a long time I lived a double life. I was a woman at work and a male  on weekends.

Nic's experience with safety planning

Nic created his first safety plan three years ago with the support of his psychologist. He's used it a number of times since to stay safe. When he's going through a difficult time, referring to his list of all the positive things in his life helps Nic appreciate what he's got to look forward to. He also finds it reassuring to know he's got a team of friends and professionals on hand when he needs them – "they always pull through for me."

My safety plan now includes music, watching certain shows, or certain episodes of shows, that pretty much pick me up.

Acknowledgements

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. 

Crisis support

If you are in an emergency, or at immediate risk of harm to yourself or others, please contact emergency services on 000. Other services include:

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