If you’ve ever had thoughts of suicide, it’s time to make a Suicide Prevention Plan. Knowing what coping strategies to use during times of crisis and who to contact for help can someday save your life.
According to a 2018 study comparing safety planning intervention vs. usual care of suicidal patients treated in emergency departments, patients who were given a safety plan at discharge for suicide-related concerns were half as likely to have suicidal behavior.
The best time to create a Suicide Prevention Plan is when you’re not in the middle of a crisis. Safety plans help you establish a strategy for handling distress beforehand so you can be better prepared to get the help you need.
If You’re Currently Thinking About Suicide:
If you feel your depression symptoms returning or escalating and you fear you’ll end up in that dark place again, call our patient care staff. Ketamine Therapy can help you address underlying issues before they get worse. If you recently completed a full series of Ketamine Infusions or had a Ketamine Booster for depression management, we recommend you take full advantage of the feel-good effects that Ketamine Therapy can provide. In the days, weeks, and even months of living a life with happier thoughts after your treatment, it’s easier to implement positive lifestyle changes and create a safety plan in case symptoms return.
Create a Suicide Prevention Plan and Personalize It:1. Familiarize yourself with the warning signs of depression and suicide, including:
4. Go through your suicide prevention kit.
5. Remind yourself of your reasons for living.
6. Call a crisis hotline such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
7. Open up to a friend or family member.
8. Go somewhere safe or make your environment safe.
When a Suicide Prevention Plan Isn’t Enough:
When Your Suicidal Thoughts Subside:
After you fill out your personalized Suicide Prevention Plan, check out our Suicide Prevention Kit and add your plan to the kit’s contents so you have it readily accessible if you ever need it.
Suicidal ideation and depression are treatable. Most people who undergo Ketamine Therapy see an immediate decrease in suicidal thoughts following their treatment. If you’re wondering how Ketamine Therapy can help you, schedule a call with our patient care staff today to discuss a treatment plan.