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Safety plan

It is helpful to have a plan to keep ourselves safe when going through difficult times.

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Making a safety plan

A safety plan reminds us of the positive things we can do to help ourselves get through emotionally hard times or during a crisis. They can be a valuable reminder of:

  • Practical ways to make ourselves safe from suicide
  • Positive ways we can distract ourselves from negative thinking and behaviours
  • Who is there to give us support when we need it
  • What we can do if we feel we are at immediate risk of harming ourselves

You can make your plan by yourself or with someone you trust.

If you’re worried that someone may be thinking of suicide, you could work through their safety plan with them or help them to make a plan.

4 Mental Health have created a really helpful guide that explains how to make a safety plan.

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