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DrDan’s Toolkit – Safety Plans: Social Contacts for Assistance

I’ve been writing about the Safety Plan as a brief suicide intervention, Tear up that no-harm/no-suicide contract, and we are moving on to the fourth step, Social Contacts for Assistance in Resolving Suicidal Crises.

DrDan’s Toolkit – Safety Plans: Socialization Strategies

I’ve been writing about the Safety Plan as a brief suicide intervention, Tear up that no-harm/no-suicide contract, and we are moving on to the third step, Socialization Strategies for Distraction and Support.

DrDan’s Toolkit – Safety Plans: Internal Coping Strategies

I’ve been writing about the Safety Plan as a brief suicide intervention, Tear up that no-harm/no-suicide contract, and we are moving on to the second step, Internal Coping Strategies.

The question for the person considering suicide in this second step is “What can you do, without involving anyone else, if you begin thinking suicidal thoughts again?  What can you do to help yourself not act on those thoughts?”

DrDan’s Toolkit – Safety Plans: IS PATH WARM

I’ve been writing about the Safety Plan as a brief suicide intervention, Tear up that no-harm/no-suicide contract, and we are looking at the first step, Safety Plans: What am I looking for?

In 2005, The American Association of Suicidology published an acronym of major warning signs to look for:

I - Ideation

S - Substance Abuse

 

P - Purposelessness

A - Anxiety

T - Trapped

H - Hopelessness

DrDan’s Toolkit – Safety Plans: IS PATH WARM

I’ve been writing about the Safety Plan as a brief suicide intervention, Tear up that no-harm/no-suicide contract, and we are looking at the first step, Safety Plans: What am I looking for?

In 2005, The American Association of Suicidology published an acronym of major warning signs to look for:

            I - Ideation

S - Substance Abuse

 

P - Purposelessness

A - Anxiety

T - Trapped

DrDan’s Toolkit – Safety Plans: What am I looking for?

I’ve been writing about the Safety Plan as a brief suicide intervention, Tear up that no-harm/no-suicide contract and The Safety Plan Initiative, and how it is an improvement over the no-harm/no-suicide contract.

DrDan’s Toolkit – Safety Plans: Steps

I’ve been writing about the Safety Plan as a brief suicide intervention, Tear up that no-harm/no-suicide contract and The Safety Plan Initiative, and how it is an improvement over the no-harm/no-suicide contract.

The Safety Plan consists of 6 steps:

          Recognition of warning signs

          Internal coping strategies

          Socialization strategies for distraction and support

DrDan’s Toolkit – The Safety Plan Initiative

In my last post, Tear up that no-harm/no-suicide contract, I discussed contracts as a suicide prevention tool and recommended the Safety Planning Initiative (SPI) approach.  Developed by Stanley & Brown, the SPI process prompts the individual to develop an escalating series of self-care steps.

Tear up that no-harm/no-suicide contract!

Many of you are likely familiar with the venerable no-harm/no-suicide contract, also called a contract for safety.  Created in the early 1970’s, this tool was often used to prevent or delay an individual’s suicidal act.  Much has been written about this tool, both for and against it.

DrDan’s Toolbox – SMART Goals, ‘cheat codes’

My last several posts have talked about resolutions or changes you may be trying to implement.  The last time, we talked about getting back on track when you lose your way.  This time, I have a couple suggestions, or ‘cheat codes,’ to assist you if you are struggling.

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