Tool Kit: Strategies to Help Cope with Suicidal Thoughts

Safety Plan 

There is no right or wrong way to seek help. Everyone deals with suicidal thoughts differently. There is no single way or “right” way to cope with suicide thoughts, everyone is different. So with that, this is a tool kit that will assist you in creating your own safety plan that best suits your needs, furthermore, the following Safety planning list is not intended to be an exhaustive list, it is merely a list that illustrates how a person can be proactive when such events arise.

Click Here for the Safety Plan Layout:


Don’t worry if you don’t have a printer, you can also write it out in a notebook while following the layout!

Steps to creating a safety plan for when you or a loved one is having thoughts of suicide:

  1. Recognize warning signs: What sorts of thoughts, moods, situations, and behaviours show you that a crisis may be developing? Write these downs in your own words.
  2. Write down your own personal coping strategies that you can do to help you overcome urges & thoughts of self-harm. You are the expert of you, and you know what makes you feel better. (when you write these coping strategies, it can remind you or someone of what to do to overcome these feelings.)
  3. Make a list: Write down phone numbers of family and friends who you can call when you need that extra support.
  4. Create a list of support services you can call in your community. I.E: Counsellor, Elder, Mental Health Therapist, Crisis response teams in your community, Police, RCMP etc.
  5. Fill a backpack of items that soothe you or help you get your mind off of things. (Special blanket, sweater, picture, something that has calming scents, stuffed animal).
  6. Create a playlist of music that inspires you, gives you hope, or just makes you happy.
  7. ENSURE YOUR ENVIRONMENT IS SAFE: Have you thought of ways in which you might harm yourself? Work with your counsellor, parent, support that will help you develop a plan to limit your access to these means.

Source: Safety Plan – #BeThe1To. https://www.bethe1to.com/safety-plan/