Create a Plan to Survive Suicidal Thoughts
Many people who feel suicidal are only temporarily suicidal. The good news is that if they can survive their suicidal impluses or thoughts, they will be okay. To help them survive these difficult periods, Suicide Lifeline Prevention says,
“Having a plan in place that can help guide you through difficult moments can make a difference and keep you safe. Ideally, such a plan is developed jointly with your counselor or therapist. It can also be developed with a Lifeline counselor who can help you write down actions to take and people to contact in order to feel safe from suicide.
“In general, a safety plan is designed so that you can start at step one and continue through the steps until you feel safe. You should keep your plan in a place where you can easily access it (your wallet or cell phone) when you have thoughts of hurting yourself.”
To see more, click HERE. Also, please note that the Lifeline number this quote referred to is: 1-800-273-8255.
More good news! The Suicide Prevention Resource Center has developed a tool, or a safety plan that you can download as a PDF. (You will find the link to this PDF as the end of this article.)
Here are the ideas you will find in the plan:
- Recognizing your warning signs.
- Developing your own coping strategies, even when you are alone, to help you not act on your urges to harm yourself.
- Creating a list of people or situations that can help you take your mind off of things.
- Creating a contact list of family or friends you can talk to when you’re under stress.
- Creating a list of numbers and/or locations of clinicians, local emergency rooms, crisis hotlines, like the Lifeline number listed above.
- Removing implements, like guns, that could be used to harm yourself.
You can download the worksheet by clicking HERE. However, please consider adding the following idea to your plan:
7. Write down, or print the following prayer to pray in time of crisis.
I cancel the spirit of suicide, trauma, panic, depression, and emotional pain off of me, in the power and authority of the name and the blood of Jesus. Lord, in the place of all of these things, I ask for your peace and your strength to help get me through this period. Help me to have the courage to live. I use the power and authority of the name and blood of Jesus to silence the voices and emotions that are tempting me to harm myself.
Also, Lord, cancel any discouraging thoughts, impulses, negative emotions, and/or voices off of me, in the power and authority of the name and the blood of Jesus. Replace these things with your hope and encouragement. Lord, download in me the knowledge that you love me and have goodness and blessings for me. Thank you that I am not worthless. Thank you that because of you, I have purpose and hope.
Thank you for saving me Jesus!
In Jesus Name. Amen
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Here’s a cartoon-ized story of a man who made a plan to live: