Safety Plans: For Providers

Anyone can benefit from a Safety Plan. It’s a straightforward, practical tool designed to help individuals navigate crises. As a medical professional, encouraging your patients to create a Safety Plan can be a significant step in their care.

Building a Safety Plan can be done independently, but collaborating with a mental health professional enhances its effectiveness. Clinicians can provide crucial support, suggest additional resources, and help patients stick to the plan. This guidance is invaluable, especially for patients who may struggle to create a plan on their own.

What is a Safety Plan?

A Safety Plan is essentially a set of pre-determined steps that patients can follow during a crisis. This includes identifying contacts to call, activities that provide comfort, and reminders of what has helped in the past. By having this plan in place, patients don’t have to scramble for solutions in the heat of the moment. They can rely on a well-thought-out strategy that they developed when they were more clear-headed.

Importantly, Safety Plans are flexible and should be regularly updated. As patients discover new resources or coping techniques, these should be incorporated into the plan. This adaptability ensures the plan remains relevant and effective for their evolving needs.

In essence, Safety Plans are about preparedness and support. They empower patients to take control during crises by providing a reliable, structured approach. Whether developed independently or with professional assistance, Safety Plans are a critical component of effective crisis management in clinical practice. Encourage your patients to build one; it could make all the difference.

Creating a Safety Plan

As a professional, your support in developing and regularly updating these plans is invaluable. Click the button below to help your patients create their Safety Plan online and take an essential step towards their safety and well-being.