Stabilizing Stage

Practical next steps

Lesson 6 Section 1

Now it’s time to put everything together.

We’re going to do something called safety planning. That basically means writing down some ideas for what to do in a suicidal crisis situation... before you're in a crisis.

Ready for some good news?

If you've been using the worksheets in this mini-course then you’ve already done almost all of the work for this!

“There is always a part of my mind that is preparing for the worst,

and another part of my mind that believes if I prepare enough for it, the worst would happen.

- Kay Redfield Jamison

How to turn stabilizing into safety planning

The worksheets in this mini-course have prepared you for safety planning.

Because you've worked through each step you're going to have a personal and thoughtful plan that has been developed in the context of moving forward after a suicidal crisis. I hope that makes the plan more meaningful for you, easier for you to remember, and easier for you to use.

The reference below will guide you through completing a safety plan template using the information you have from the other worksheets.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.”

- John F Kennedy

Resources for better planning
  • has a Safety Plan Guide that will help you further improve your planning. They have added guidance on thinking ahead to prevent a crisis from developing, adding specific skills for taking a pause when things are heating up, and ways to manage intense emotions. They use the metaphor of fire safety.

Doing the NowMattersNow (NMN) Plan? Open this section for tips using the worksheets from prior lessons

  • Crisis planning with the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP): If you have any concerns based on prior mental health or substance use treatment or past trauma, then I encourage you to do this extra level of planning. You will end up with a record of support and treatment options that you prefer and ones that you you want to avoid. You will also be able to provide support persons with information about current therapy or medication.
Why plan? (Click the sections below to open more information)