A safety plan for safe-keeping


Life is full of stressors—conflict with friends, relationship drama, challenges and deadlines, just to start. Every one of us has moments when things seem too much to handle. A safety plan can help you prepare for such times.

If you are ever in danger, you might forget that you even have this plan. Call the police, fire department, or another emergency service. The Kids Help Phone provides the following script for when you call 9-1-1.

Safety plan tips

Make a list of some go-to names and numbers that you can call when you don’t feel safe.

If you have a mobile phone, add these numbers to your contacts: a friend, a friend’s parent, a relative, a neighbor.

Consider creating a code word that means you are in trouble and need help.

Decide what the code word will mean to the person you are calling. It could be one of the following:

  • Call the police for me
  • Tell an adult you trust
  • Meet me somewhere we’ve agreed on

Make a list of go-to places and addresses you can go when you don’t feel safe at home.

  • A friend’s house
  • A neighbor’s house
  • A relative’s house
  • A room in my house that is safe

Figure out how you would get to this safe place—by bike or walking, or by bus or taxi. It’s a good idea to keep bus fare or taxi money with your safety plan.

If you don’t feel safe at home, it’s important to tell someone who can help you. Here are some people you can trust

  • A relative
  • A teacher, coach, principal
  • A friend’s parent

Crisis and Online Support

If no one is available, what are the local telephone crisis lines in my area? Here are some examples:

For children/youth KidsHelpPhone is available anywhere in Canada at 1-800-668-6868

For adults Find local crisis services here or by calling 211

Teen Mental Health   CAMH

For more training SafeTALK

For more resources Click Suicide and Self-Harm help 

Sources: Kids Help Phone, eMentalHealth.ca

Are you experiencing a mental health crisis? Go to the nearest hospital or call 911.