6. Practical steps

practical steps

Some practical steps to make a better future more likely now that you have some reasons to hold on.

Making a Safety Plan

Now Matters Now offers an excellent introduction to safety planning (download here), including steps for what to do when things are very intense, as well as planning for the future.

Once you’ve created a Safety Plan I suggest emailing a copy of it to your support people. Add keywords in the email that will help everyone be able to find it easier later when searching.

Example key words:

  • Safety plan
  • Crisis plan
  • Crisis help
  • Emergency help
  • Suicidal
  • Suicide
  • Unwell
  • Keep safe
  • Immediate help

A step farther: The WRAP plan

The Safety Plan is a great starting point. When you’re feeling better, if you want to provide support people with even more details, then consider using the crisis planning element from Wellness Recovery Action Planning, or WRAP (more information here).

The WRAP version of the crisis plan provides others with detailed guidance. Here is some of the information that you would put in this type of plan:

  • What it looks like when you’re feeling well
  • Key signs that indicate that you need help
  • Who to call for help, and who not to call (and what they can best help with)
  • Preferred, acceptable, and unacceptable treatment options
  • Home or community care options
  • Things you might need others to do
  • Things you can probably do for yourself
  • What any current medications are

By Dr. Lezine

DeQuincy Lezine is a suicide attempt survivor with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and postdoctoral training in suicide prevention. He is the Director of the Lived Experience Academy.