Stay safe in a crisis

If you are in distress, ask yourself

"What can I do to keep myself safe?"
  • Remove anything I could use to hurt myself.
    (Or ask someone else to).
  • Ask someone to stay with me, or check in on me.
  • Make it harder for myself to travel.
    (Give keys or travel card to a trusted person).
  • Go somewhere that I feel safe or where there are lots of people.
  • Put any alcohol out of sight.

Person holding a phone

Remember, you can contact Samaritans any time, 365 days a year, day or night.

Call 116 123 for free.

Other ways you can get in touch

Find your nearest emergency services/A&E
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Make this plan your own

Safety planning when you are feeling ok is a great way to look out for yourself. To be effective, a safety plan needs to feel do-able and be focused on your needs.

To create your own safety plan in this app, or view one you have already created, you need to be logged in.

There are other ways to create safety plans, find the one that works best for you, or make more than one. Keep it to yourself, or share with your support. Some other examples are:
Online tool created by Staying Safe
Printable safety plan pdf from HopelineUK
Supporting someone else with a safety plan

If you're struggling, focus on

"What can I do to get through the next few minutes?"

I could:

  • Listen to my favourite music.
  • Try a relaxation technique.
  • Connect with someone who’s good for me.
  • Remind myself that my intense and overwhelming feelings won’t last forever.
  • Brush my teeth.
  • Go for a gentle walk.