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Tools for Providers

Reports and Presentations

Safety Planning

The purpose of a safety plan is to act as an interventionExit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov  to provide specific steps and strategies to decrease suicide risk. The safety plan should be completed as part of a suicide risk assessment, in collaboration between the patient and the provider, and should be documented in the medical record, with a copy provided to the patient. A templateExit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov  is available as are manual instructionsExit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov  on how to complete a safety plan in collaboration with the patient.

The safety plan should include:

  • Recognizing the warning sign of an impending crisis.
  • Internal coping strategies.
  • People or social settings that can provide a distraction.
  • People who can be contacted for help.
  • Professionals or agencies that can be contacted during a crisis.
  • Ways to make the environment safe.

Training

Tools and Toolkits

Telephone Recommendations for Voicemail Monitoring and Follow-Up

Suggested voicemail protocols for staff to respond to patients in crisis seeking help.