7-step suicide safety plan
1. My warning signs
Warning signs are changes that let you know to start your safety plan. 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 a life situation or event.
2. Make my space safe
When you notice your warning signs, 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. For example, give 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 and videos.
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.