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Personally haven't experienced this myself yet but I've decided to make one in case I do

HeartSupport Safety Plan

This is my 7-step plan to keep me safe in difficult moments I face. I’ve thought through these steps in advance to make it easier for myself to get help when I need it.


STEP 1 - Warning Signs

Signs that a crisis may be developing (thoughts, images, mood, situation, behavior).

  • Sign 1 - Loosing interest in things I usually really enjoy doing
  • Sign 2 - Feeling worthless
  • Sign 3 - Feeling like I want to disappear

STEP 2 - Internal Coping Strategies

Things I can do to take my mind off problems without contacting another person (relaxation technique, physical activity, etc.)

  • Strategy 1 - Listen to music
  • Strategy 2 - play with my sensory toys (stress balls, clay, pop it etc.)
  • Strategy 3 - Close my eyes and run my hands across sensory wall

STEP 3 - Worth Living For

Things that are most important to me and worth living for (these can be big or small, anything from loved ones to your morning coffee)

  • Live For 1 - My best friend
  • Live For 2 - The ability to better myself
  • Live For 3 - My siblings :heart:
  • Live For 4 - My family
  • Live For 5 -

STEP 4 - Supporters

People whom I can ASK FOR HELP (friends or family who you can call at anytime for support)

  • Supporter 1 - Friend #1 (If he’s available)
  • Supporter 2 - Friend #2 (if Friend 1 isn’t available)
  • Supporter 3 - A streamer who always has his dms open for people who need support

STEP 5 - Professional Help

Professionals or agencies I can contact in a crisis

  • Name & Number of Clinician -
  • Name & Number of Local Urgent Care Services -
  • Preferred Crisis Service (Choose one of the below)
    • (Text) Crisis Textline - text HOME to 741741
    • (Call) Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
    • (Text) Trevor Project LGBTQ+ - text START to 678678
    • Other (explain) Even tho Heartsupport is not technically considered professional help. U guys have really helped me in other ways through even my hardest, lowest and most vulnerable moments :heart: u guys have no idea how much u have actually helped me.

STEP 6 - Safe Environment

Things I can do to make the environment safe

  • Safety 1 - Remove myself from all people till I calm down
  • Safety 2 - Take away anything that could potentially hurt myself and others

STEP 7 - My Signature

By inputting my forum username below, I am committing to utilizing this safety plan in my next high intensity moment when I need support.

@Andy

Note: If my reasoning for this is not ok plz gently lmk and I’ll take it down. Since witnessing my friend having these thoughts (he’s doing better now or at least it seems) It’s made me really think about my own mental health and really focus on it and how bad it can get.

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You did an amazing job on this, Andy! It’s always okay to have a safety plan. I’m proud of you for recognising that it’s something that could potentially be there to help you if you need it.
Thank you for sharing this with us. And if you ever find yourself feeling like your mental health is declining I do hope you reach out so we can support you and walk through this with you.

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So very proud of you, @Andy. There really is no wrong way to do it as it is personal, and it sounds that you’ve managed to identify items in all categories. Well done!

It is okay to do a safety plan even if you’ve never experienced any suicidal thoughts. It can be useful for so many other type of situations, basically any moment during you would feel distressed and have a hard time to prioritize your own care. Well done Andy, this is a huge step. :hrtlegolove:

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