Whether it is you or someone you care about who is struggling with suicide, having a safety plan helps.
Always carry your Safety Plan with you.
Having a Safety Plan lets you know what you are going to do when you feel unsafe.
What is on a safety plan?
- What three things can I do to have fun and relax?
- What friends can I call when I am starting to feel sad or worried?
- What are my reasons for living? (Include cultural teachings that promote life)
- Who are my trusted resources I can call if I don’t feel better after talking with friends? (Like an Elder or spiritual leader, Community Health Representative, youth worker) Include their phone numbers.
- Where I can go that I feel safe from suicide? (Maybe a friend’s home, a local basketball court, a grandparent’s home.)
- What local professional can I call or go see? (Someone similar to a counsellor, school staff, health aid)
- What are my local crisis lines & suicide safe websites that I would use?
- What are my local emergency services and how do I contact them?
How it works:
When you begin to feel sad, worried, blue….
- Start at #1.
- If #1 doesn’t help, then do #2.
- If you are still thinking about suicide, then remind yourself of your reasons for living.
- Continue with #3 - 7 as needed
- If you have done #1 to #7 and still are thinking about suicide or feeling an urge, then call for help
Looking for Help?
Call 9-1-1 or seek immediate help from a mental health provider when you hear or see someone that is:
- threatening to hurt or kill themselves
- looking for ways to kill themselves (e.g., seeking access to pills, weapons or other means)
- talking or writing about death, dying or suicide
Contact a mental health professional or call the Alaska Carline 877-266-HELP or text "4help" to 839963 for a referral should you witness, hear or see anyone with one or more of these behaviors:
- rage, anger, seeking revenge
- acting reckless or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking
- feeling trapped—like there's no way out increasing alcohol or drug use
- withdrawing from friends, family or society
- anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep or sleeping all the time
- dramatic mood changes
- no reason for living; no sense of purpose in life
More information about suicide can be obtained from the following organizations: