Creating a Safety Plan

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?

  1. What three things can I do to have fun and relax?
  2. What friends can I call when I am starting to feel sad or worried?
  3. What are my reasons for living? (Include cultural teachings that promote life)
  4. 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.
  5. Where I can go that I feel safe from suicide? (Maybe a friend’s home, a local basketball court, a grandparent’s home.)
  6. What local professional can I call or go see? (Someone similar to a counsellor, school staff, health aid)
  7. What are my local crisis lines & suicide safe websites that I would use?
  8. 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:

  • hopelessness
  • 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

Resources

More information about suicide can be obtained from the following organizations: