Staying Safe from Suicidal Thoughts (Resource)

Hi everyone!

Today I would like to share a resource/website which was published a couple of weeks on how to stay safe (or keep someone safe) when you are someone you know is suffering from suicidal thoughts. I had a detailed look at it and would highly encourage it to share with your friends and family members and bookmark it.

More details about this resource:

The Staying Safe website is a potentially life-saving resource developed by 4 Mental Health, with invaluable with invaluable input from our Expert Reference Group of international academics, people with lived experience (including of surviving a suicide attempt, self-harm, supporting a friend or family member or bereavement by suicide), suicide prevention experts, mental health practitioners, general practitioners, policy makers, public health experts, sector experts, educationalists and concerned citizens.

StayingSafe.net offers compassion, kindness and easy ways to help keep people safer from thoughts of harm and suicide, seek support and discover hope of recovery through powerful videos from people with personal experience.

The website provides vital ‘Safety Plan’ guidance tools jointly funded by NHS England, with easy to print / online templates and guidance video tutorials purposefully designed to help people through the process of writing their own Safety Plan to build hope, identify actions and strategies to resist suicidal thoughts and develop positive ways to cope with stress and emotional distress.

Tragically, suicide takes far too many lives, yet suicide is preventable. Anyone struggling to cope or experiencing deep distress may begin to think about harming themselves and consider suicide as a means to escape their emotional pain. It can be incredibly difficult to think clearly during these times. Everyone is encouraged to PREPARE for possible difficult times ahead BEFORE they happen, by completing a Safety Plan.

During times of deep distress, Safety Plans become a vital and valuable reminder of:

What people can do for themselves to get through difficult times Practical ways they can make their situation safer

Who to contact for support

Where to go or who to contact in an emergency

It is 4 Mental Health’s hope that anyone currently in extreme distress can share our hope that recovery is possible with the right support and that one day keeping a Safety Plan will be common place and regarded an extension of wellbeing and self-care.

Do let me know about your opinion on this resource via comments!


4 thoughts on “Staying Safe from Suicidal Thoughts (Resource)

  1. Thank you so kindly for this good resource. I know in my town, we have had a number of very young teens kill themselves because they were being bullied. I have PTSD big-time and have for years, and I have had close calls a number of times in the past. For the most part, I can manage myself, but I don’t think I will ever be 100% OK because anything that stresses me out and is not within my control – the kind of things all of us deal with all the time, I get very overwhelmed and feel as though I cannot deal with it. Luckily I have a mate, Richard, who is very calm and strong-minded who helps me at home, and I see a counselor regularly, so that helps too. I just want people to know that just because the person is getting counseling or seems to have people around to help doesn’t mean they will always be there when they are suddenly needed, or that it will always be enough. These feelings can come on any time, and any place. So thank you very much again. This is very much needed.

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    1. Thank you Anne for sharing your very personal story.

      I am sorry to hear about those preventable teen deaths. Hopefully we will be able to prevent not all but most of these deaths in future.

      Please pass my regards to Richard 🙂

      You have struggled for a long time. Hopefully things will get better 🙂 We are here for you.

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  2. Thank you kindly. I am trying to help myself, and also to help others now too. I have almost finished a little short booklet on Anti-Bullying, and I want to use it to hold workshops and a support group for those who are bullied. I know I have been bullied most of my life in school, in my old neighborhoods, and in my jobs. It was so horrible I wanted to end it all, but thank heavens I lived through it all, and now I want to help others too.

    I also want to do art projects and writing etc. to help Veterans who have PTSD. My brother came home from Vietnam 100% disabled from a TBI, a spinal injury, and permanent PTSD. I think art and writing could help them a lot. I know when I am able to do it, it helps me too. And volunteering is a good way to overcome or at least stay safe from suicide.

    When I was young and living thru sexual and mental abuse, it helped me so much when I was old enough to understand that there were others who had been through what I have been through. I was actually 10 years old the first time I ever attempted suicide. I cut my wrists, but not deep enough to die I guess, and I went to the table for supper with my wrists bandaged. No one even paid attention to it or asked me about it. I guess that is what a lot of folks go through who end up committing suicide. Thank you kindly for what you are doing. Peace and many blessings, Anne

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  3. Reblogged this on Diary of a mEs$eD-uP College Mom and commented:
    It’s been exactly one month since my darkest place… I encourage anyone else in a dark place to know that you can make it out… don’t give up hope.

    I was introduced to the safety plan originally by my dear cousin, Diana. She encouraged me to make one after I got out of the hospital in December…

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