Once a crisis has diffused, it is important to develop / review a comprehensive safety plan in collaboration with the survivor. A patient safety plan is a key tool in preventing thoughts of suicide turning into actions.

Developing a  Safety Plan should include:

  • Exploring the physical signs, thoughts, feelings and triggers to the crisis
  • Exploring the exact circumstances which led to crisis and look at how these could be resolved [signpost to additional support if needed]
  • Exploring self-help strategies and introducing new ones, where appropriate
  • Building on what you know from the Risk Assessment and Crisis Management


This resource from the Samaritans provides a useful guide on how to create a patient safety plan.

This tool from Every Life Matters highlights that patient safety plans are individual and provides a simple, structured tool to develop one.

Example Patient safety plan template - blank form for completion


Crisis management


Summary checklist