Creating an effective Safety Plan for high risk clients can feel daunting at first. Use this free, printable worksheet, open dialogue, and a detailed evaluation of your client when assessing their risk of suicide. These three establish a therapeutic alliance and allow ongoing comprehensive assessments of suicide risk over time.
Please note this tool is meant to create dialogue between therapists and clients who are expressing suicidal ideation (and may not meet the criteria for inpatient admission but still need support.) If you have a client who has a suicide plan or has expressed any intent to harm themselves, get them to a hospital.