Mental Health Safety Plans

30 October 2019 Posted by

In Cornwall, as part of our Suicide Prevention Strategy we have chosen an objective of supporting as many of our population as possible to create a Mental Health Safety Plan. This is a personalised, prioritised list of coping strategies and resources for reducing suicide risk which is designed to help those who struggle with their suicidal thoughts.

Staying safe for even short periods of time takes a great deal of strength when thoughts of suicide are overwhelming. Having a plan to use during those crisis times means you have the chance to get through the moment and access long-term support.

Here in Cornwall, our Cornwall Foundation Trust staff receive suicide prevention training (I CARED and Shared) devised by Helen Lee-Savage, and our GPs receive Suicide Safer Primary Care training from Dr Becki Osborne and mental health safety planning is a key element of both of these training sessions.

However, safety plans can be created and used by anyone. You don’t need to be a professional to make one or support someone else to make one, but you can be. We want to support as many people as possible to create their own plan, and to support their friends and colleagues to as well.  We plan to offer a paper and digital option and would like feedback on what the plan should look like – an A4 downloadable plan, a Z Card you can keep in your wallet and/or a digital option in the form of an app.  We want to launch this as soon as possible, and currently a number of focus groups are providing us with feedback on how they would like the plans to look.  If you are interested in being involved in the roll out of this exciting project, please get in touch with Paula on

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Research & Information Officer, Amethyst, Community Safety Team

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