What is a safety contract in mental health? “Contracts for safety,” “NSCs,” and “no-suicide decisions” are common terms used to describe an agreement between the patient and clinician whereby the patient agrees not to harm him or herself. The agreements are usually written but are sometimes verbal.
How do you write a therapy safety plan?
- Identify warning signs.
- Develop internal coping strategies.
- Identify people and social settings that provide distraction.
- Have a list of people you can ask for help.
- Make a list of professionals or agencies to contact during a crisis.
- How can I make my environment safe?
What should be included in a safety plan?
- How to spot the signs that someone might be nearing crisis.
- Internal coping strategies to try.
- How to use friends and family to distract from suicidal thoughts.
- Writing down which friends and family can help them navigate a crisis.
- A list of mental health professionals and agencies to call.
When should a client have a safety plan?
- Your client expresses thoughts or feelings about harm to themselves or others.
- Your client engages in potentially dangerous behaviors that may result in harm to self or others.
- Your client steps down from a higher level of care to outpatient therapy care.