What is safety planning?

A safety plan is an individual practical tool to help you to stay safe in a crisis or experiencing suicidal ideation. Safety plans can be an important opportunity for people to remind themselves that they are not alone and there is always hope.

They can help people identify personal triggers, opportunities to prevent escalation or relapse and how to access the right support where needed. Safety plans include ways to de-escalate and practical personal tips to reduce distress and regain control. Safety plans help people with distraction techniques and encourage more positive rational thinking. Having a prepared safety plan and agreeing this where appropriate with trusted family, friends, carers or healthcare professionals is key. You can read more about safety plans or download a practical tool to help you or someone you are supporting to develop a safety plan via the link below.