Safety Planning

Anyone can create a safety plan for themselves or a family member. A safety plan is designed to guide you through a crisis. As you continue through the steps, you can get help and feel safer. Keep your plan easily accessible in case you have thoughts of hurting yourself.
■ Recognize your personal warning signs: What thoughts, images, moods, situations, and behaviors indicate to you that a crisis may be developing? Write them down in your own words. ■ Use your own coping strategies: List things that you can do on your own to help you not act on urges to harm yourself. ■ Socialize with others who may offer support as well as distraction from the crisis: List people and social settings that may help take your mind off difficult thoughts or feelings. ■ Contact family members or friends who may help to resolve a crisis. Make a list of people who are supportive and who you feel you can talk to when under stress. ■ Contact mental health professionals or agencies. Make a list of names, numbers and/or locations of clinicians, local emergency rooms, and crisis hotlines. Put the Lifeline number, 1-800-273-8255, into your phone. ■ Ensure your environment is safe. Have you thought of ways in which you might harm yourself? Work with a counselor to develop a plan to limit your access to these harmful means.


If you are in crisis and need immediate help;
NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Mental Health America, Virginia

MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA (VIRGINIA) Warm Line 866-400-MHAV (6428) Mon. – Fri. 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM EST and Sat. – Sun. 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

NAMI HELPLINE 800-950-NAMI OR TEXT “NAMI” TO 741741 M-F, 10 AM – 6 PM ET

TREVOR LIFELINE: 1-866-488-7386; 24/7 Crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25