Before a Mental Health Crisis Hits: Creating a Family Safety Plan
Source: Transitions ACR
Resource Type: Documents and Publications
Focus Population: Family Members, People with Serious Mental Illness (SMI), Youth, Youth of Transition Age
Topics: Family, Psychiatric or Mental Health Stabilization, Self-help/Emotional Regulation
A Family Safety Plan is a tool created collaboratively with a loved one with lived experience of mental health condition(s), family members, medical staff, and friends. It’s a “playbook” of the best ways to minimize or divert a mental health crisis. The plan is prepared when the loved one is stable and can fully contribute. The goal of the plan is to identify possible triggers for a mental health issue and actions, under different scenarios, to minimize or prevent a crisis and ensure the safety of the loved one and other family members. This Family Safety Plan guide includes tips, a list of what to include, strategies for before and during a mental health crisis, and a crisis plan template.