A safety plan is designed to guide you through a crisis. Keep your plan easily accessible in case you
have thoughts of hurting yourself. Learn more at National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
(www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org). 1. Recognize your personal warning signs: What thoughts, images,
moods, situations, and behaviors indicate to you that a crisis may be developing? Write these down in
your own words. 2. Use your own coping strategies: List things that you can do on your own to help you
not act on urges to harm yourself. 3. Contact family members or friends who may help to resolve a
crisis: Make a list of people who are supportive and who you feel you can talk to when under stress. 4.
Contact mental health professionals or agencies: Make a list of names, numbers and/or locations of
clinicians, local emergency rooms, and crisis hotlines. Put the Lifeline number, 9-8-8, into your phone.
5. Ensure your environment is safe: Have you thought of ways in which you might harm yourself? Work with
a counselor to develop a plan to limit your access to these means.