Your Personal Safety Plan Worksheet

by | Mar 15, 2024 | Mental Health, Resources

Suicide and Crisis safety plan for mental health worksheetIn times of crisis, having a mental health safety plan can be a lifeline. It’s a personalized, proactive approach to managing your mental health, designed to help you recognize warning signs, cope with stress, and reach out for help when needed. Here’s how you can create your own mental health safety plan:

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Warning Signs

Identify your warning signs that indicate a crisis may be developing. This could be increased anxiety, changes in mood, or difficulty sleeping. Making a note of your warning signs can help you better understand your stressors and also better understand how to limit your access to your stressors.

Internal Coping Strategies

Think of two strategies that help you take your mind off your problems. This could include deep breathing exercises, mindfulness meditation, or listening to music.

People or Places for Distraction

Identify two people or places that provide distraction and comfort during difficult times. This could be a close friend, family member, or a peaceful spot in nature. Our friends at the Summit County Metro Parks have beautiful spaces that are great spaces to take a breather and go for a walk with your friends.

Who to Ask for Help

List individuals you can ask for help, such as a therapist, counselor, or a trusted family member or friend. Also markdown some of your national and local agencies you can contact during a crisis, such as the National Suicide and Crisis lifeline at 9-8-8, or if you are in Summit County Ohio reach out to our Psychiatric Emergency Services team at (330) 762-6110. If you are outside of Summit County do a quick Google Search and find out who your local resources are.

Plan to Make Your Environment Safer

Outline a plan to make your environment safer, such as removing access to harmful objects or substances and creating a calming space with comforting items.

Positive Influences

Identify positive influences in your life, such as engaging in hobbies or activities that bring you joy and surrounding yourself with supportive people.

Plans if Symptoms Worsen

Have a plan in place if your symptoms worsen, such as contacting your therapist or psychiatrist for an immediate appointment or considering hospitalization if safety is a concern. Remember, creating a mental health safety plan is a personal and ongoing process. It’s important to review and update your plan regularly as your needs and circumstances change. Your mental health matters, and you deserve support. If you’re struggling, reach out for help. You are not alone. One resource we recommend to everyone is if you find yourself in need of help call or text the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 9-8-8. 

Download Your Personal Mental Health Safety Plan

Click here to download your personal mental health safety plan worksheet.

About Portage Path Behavioral Health

Portage Path Behavioral Health is Summit County’s largest community behavioral health center, dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive care to individuals and families facing mental health challenges. For more information or support, contact us at 330-253-3100 or visit us online at www.portagepath.org.

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