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A safety plan helps to get you through the tough moments when experiencing suicidal thoughts or feelings. Here MensLine Australia outlines the prompts required to help you work through the steps of your personal safety plan until you feel safe.
Work together with someone you trust – such as a close friend, family member, your doctor or counsellor to develop your suicide safety plan.
It is a good idea to get these people involved, since you may need to call on them and it is important that they know the best way to care for you.
It is best to create the plan at a time when you are feeling well and thinking clearly, rather than waiting until you are feeling overwhelmed and suicidal. Put your suicide safety plan in writing and keep it in a place where you can easily find it.
On the Line has launched ReMinder – a suicide safety plan that you can download onto your Android or Apple phone to create a simple plan that can be accessed at any time.
ReMinder is a self-managed resource for users to adopt as part of their own coping strategy. Please note that the information on the ReMinder app is not accessible or viewable by our counsellors, nor can they offer any technical advice.
Feeling suicidal can be an overwhelming and painful experience, but it is not something you have to bear alone. Asking for help is an important step towards getting the support you need.
In an emergency
If you are in immediate danger, or concerned for your safety in any way:
Each of these emergency services teams are specially trained to support people in crisis, including people feeling suicidal, and are able to keep you safe.
There are a number of services and professionals available to help you through this difficult time. You may wish to speak to someone over the phone, or prefer to seek help face to face. Whichever you choose, it’s important that you are as honest about your situation and the way you’re feeling as possible, so you can get the support you need. Talking to someone about such a painful issue can be difficult, so you may want to check out our How to talk about suicide page for information and tips on how to start a conversation.