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.
If you have a mobile phone, add these numbers to your contacts: a friend, a friend’s parent, a relative, a neighbor.
Decide what the code word will mean to the person you are calling. It could be one of the following:
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 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
For more training SafeTALK
For more resources Click Suicide and Self-Harm help
Sources: Kids Help Phone, eMentalHealth.ca