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Safety planning

Safety planning

A safety plan can help to keep you safe when you are having thoughts about suicide.

When you’re feeling well and thinking clearly, take the opportunity to write your safety plan.

You can write it with someone you trust, like a close friend, your doctor or counsellor.

A good safety plan helps you to develop strategies to keep you safe during a crisis. There are lots of different types of safety plans. It's about finding the right one for you.

Safety plan websites and apps


An app that's available online and on Apple and Android devices.

An app that’s available online and on Apple and Android devices.
ReachOut Australia
This website walks you step by step through writing a safety plan.

Start your plan with these considerations

When I should use my Safety Plan

Ask yourself: What are the warning signs that I am starting to feel worse?

What I can do to help myself during times of crisis

Think about what you've done in the past that has helped. For example: call a friend or visit a favourite place.

Consider: What things are most important in my life right now and worth living for? This may be a pet, your family or a friend.

I can contact these people for support during a crisis

Write down the names of friends, family, colleagues or professional services you can contact. This may include helplines you have used in the past.

Ways I can keep my environment safe

This may include removing any items that you think you may use to hurt yourself.

Keep your safety plan with you at all times

You may wish to share with a friend or trusted person, so they know how best to assist you in a crisis.

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