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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Beyond Now – Your suicide safety planning app

A safety planning app developed to support people at risk of suicide. 

What is safety planning?

Often someone who thinks about hurting themselves doesn't really want to die. They are in emotional pain and just want it to go away or, part of them wants to live, but sometimes life can feel so hard.

Every suicide is felt by friends, family and their communities. LGBTI and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are at an increased risk of suicide.

It can be helpful to have a plan when you are going through a tough time.

This is called a safety plan.

A safety plan is for people to use when they are feeling unsafe or suicidal – a plan to remind themselves of reasons to live, family and friends they can talk or yarn with and things that can make them feel strong. 

Everyone's plan is personal and different, but it can help in the same way. The safety plan will walk someone through their steps to keep them safe. 

What is Beyond Now?

Beyond Blue developed the Beyond Now app to help people make their own safety plans. This plan will support them through times of sadness or grief. They can make it on their phones and carry it around with them to access anywhere and anytime. 

The app guides them through, step-by-step, and has suggestions for each step. It can help if a family member, an Elder or support person works with them to make the plan. It can be updated anytime and easily shared with others if the person wants. It’s not designed to be their only support, but can help as part of an overall program.

Beyond Now is free to download from the Apple Store or Google Play and if you don’t have a smartphone, it’s also online

Beyond Now is designed to be used as part of an overall mental wellbeing and safety strategy. It is not intended to be the 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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