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Creating a Suicide Safety Plan: How to Keep Yourself Safe When You're Feeling Low

09/13/2021 | 12:32am

If you've ever had thoughts of suicide, it's important to know you're not alone. While suicidal thoughts may feel isolating, the reality is, they are actually very common - and you don't need to be depressed to have them. In fact, according to the CDC, over 12 million Americans seriously thought about suicide in 2019 alone. While these thoughts may feel scary and overwhelming, simply having suicidal thoughts does not mean you will act on them. A suicidal thought is not to be taken lightly, but it is just that- a thought.

Though they may feel impossible to ignore in the moment, suicidal thoughts can be managed. Suicidal ideation can be fleeting and, in many cases, can be navigated and treated with the help of healthcare professionals, the support of friends, family,, as well as by practicing self-care and making certain lifestyle changes.

As these thoughts can be common when you're feeling low, it makes sense to prepare for how you can keep yourself safe. Developing a suicide safety plan - a set of steps identifying warning signs and coping strategies - can help you protect yourself and navigate suicidal thoughts as they arise, as well as help you feel more in control amid overwhelming feelings of sadness or hopelessness.

Here's what to know about creating a suicide safety plan and protecting yourself in moments of crisis:

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1Life Healthcare Inc. published this content on 12 September 2021 and is solely responsible for the information contained therein. Distributed by Public, unedited and unaltered, on 13 September 2021 04:31:05 UTC.

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