Below I've shared information about the new ‘Staying Safe’ website, which offers resources for anyone distressed, thinking about suicide or worried about someone they care about. The site has a range of really helpful videos and a downloadable suicide safety plan. I sat on the project's steering / advisory group but make no gain from the site's use - I just think it's a great resource worth sharing...
Further info provided by 4 Mental Health:
The Staying Safe website is a potentially life-saving resource developed by 4 Mental Health, with invaluable input from international academics, mental health practitioners, people who have survived suicidal thoughts and those personally affected by suicide through bereavement.
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. A Safety Plan helps 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.