Suicide Safety Plan Template

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Coping with Suicidal Thoughts
Suicide Safety Plan
If you have thoughts of hurting yourself, start at Step 1. Go through each step until you are safe.
Remember: Suicidal thoughts can be very strong. It may seem they will last forever. With support and time,
these thoughts will usually pass. When they pass, you can put energy into sorting out problems that have
contributed to you feeling so badly. The hopelessness you may feel now will not last forever. It is important
to reach out for help and support. You can get through this difficult time. Since it can be hard to focus and
think clearly when you feel suicidal, please copy this and put in places you can easily use it, such as your
purse, wallet or by the phone.
Step 1. Do the following activities to calm/comfort myself:
Step 2. Remind myself of my reasons for living:
Step 3. Call a friend or family member:
Name:
Phone:
Step 4. Call a backup person if person above is not available:
Name:
Phone:
Step 5. Call a care provider (psychologist, psychiatrist, therapist):
Name:
Phone:
Step 6. Call HealthLine 1-877-800-0002
Step 7. Go somewhere I am safe:
Step 8. Go to the Emergency Room at the nearest hospital.
Step 9. If I feel that I can’t get to the hospital safely, call 911 and request transportation
to the hospital. They will send someone to transport me safely.
Source:
Consortium for Organizational Mental healthcare; Faculty of Health Sciences
Simon Fraser University, Coping with suicidal thoughts. 2009 Retrieved
from http://www.comh.ca/publications/resources/pub_cwst/CWST.pdf
HealthLine 1-877-800-0002
Depression Self-Management Toolkit – 2011
Angela Gervais and Sheila Szakács
Coping with Suicidal Thoughts
Suicide Safety Plan
If you have thoughts of hurting yourself, start at Step 1. Go through each step until you are safe.
Remember: Suicidal thoughts can be very strong. It may seem they will last forever. With support and time,
these thoughts will usually pass. When they pass, you can put energy into sorting out problems that have
contributed to you feeling so badly. The hopelessness you may feel now will not last forever. It is important
to reach out for help and support. You can get through this difficult time. Since it can be hard to focus and
think clearly when you feel suicidal, please copy this and put in places you can easily use it, such as your
purse, wallet or by the phone.
Step 1. Do the following activities to calm/comfort myself:
Step 2. Remind myself of my reasons for living:
Step 3. Call a friend or family member:
Name:
Phone:
Step 4. Call a backup person if person above is not available:
Name:
Phone:
Step 5. Call a care provider (psychologist, psychiatrist, therapist):
Name:
Phone:
Step 6. Call HealthLine 1-877-800-0002
Step 7. Go somewhere I am safe:
Step 8. Go to the Emergency Room at the nearest hospital.
Step 9. If I feel that I can’t get to the hospital safely, call 911 and request transportation
to the hospital. They will send someone to transport me safely.
Source:
Consortium for Organizational Mental healthcare; Faculty of Health Sciences
Simon Fraser University, Coping with suicidal thoughts. 2009 Retrieved
from http://www.comh.ca/publications/resources/pub_cwst/CWST.pdf
HealthLine 1-877-800-0002
Depression Self-Management Toolkit – 2011
Angela Gervais and Sheila Szakács

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