1) I will try to notice the following warning signs and triggers:
2) I'd like staff/my family to notice the following warning signs:
3) When I notice these triggers or warning signs. I will take action to prevent a crisis from developing by doing the following:
4) When staff/my family notice that I'm getting upset, I'd like them to help me prevent a crisis by doing the following:
5) When I handle a potential crisis without doing anything to make it worse, I can reward myself by:
6) Other ideas about what to do if a crisis develops:
Suggestions about using this safety plan with young people who are showing frequent problem behavior:
Triggers: Sudden loud noises, being teased. being told"no," being physically crowded, being reminded about the rules, dinnertime
Warning Signs: Getting really quiet, withdrawing, clenching my fists, heart pounding, thinking "It's not fair." getting a headache.
Distractions: play a videogame, do a crossword puzzle, call a friend on the phone, get some physical exercise (run around the block, play hoops, jump rope), hold on to an Ice cube Self-soothing: put on happy music, take a hot shower, play my guitar, have a cup of tea, say to myself• I can handle it," do deep breathing
Don't try: telling me to "chill," giving me a hug, watching a sad movie.
Safety Plans are not just for young people! Youth workers and counselors may find it helpful to fill out their own plan, share it with co-workers, and show it to youth. This is a way of recognizing that everyone struggles to regulate our emotions and handle stress effectively. When working with a family, it may be helpful to have parents and siblings develop and share safely plans. as well as the identified client, so that all family members can be more aware of how to help keep the home environment calm and safe for everyone.