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Mental Health Safety Plans

A Mental Health Safety Plan is a preventative tool designed to help support those who struggle with mental wellbeing. It may be difficult to think clearly when you feel really low or incredibly overwhelmed. It may be difficult to ignore these feelings. Safety plans are best created when not in crisis. 

By having a safety plan, you’re making sure that there are strategies you can use to keep yourself safe. These can help you feel more in control when everything feels out of control. Think of your safety plan as your ‘mental health first-aid kit’. It includes different things that will help you through a crisis.

You can order your Mental Health Safety Plan in the form of a Z Card. You can also bulk order Z Cards for your organisation. Please email the Public Health desk via phdesk@cornwall.gov.uk with your request. 

If you would like to, you can use a Safety Plan App instead of a paper based version. Download either of these apps for free from your smartphone or tablet app store:

Stay Alive app

My3 app

Safety Plan app

If you've been using our Safety Plans, or you've used other Safety Plans in the past, we'd like to know your feedback. You can do this on our Mental Health safety plans survey!

Please find below some recorded training for our Mental Health Safety Plans. Read the transcript for the video.

Zero Suicide Alliance

Suicide - Let's Talk (Duration 20min)

The aims of this training are to:

  • enable people to identify when someone is presenting with suicidal thoughts/behaviour
  • be able to speak out in a supportive manner
  • empower them to signpost the individual to the correct services or support

Grassroots Real Talk

Real Talk Interactive Film (Duration 30min)

Free interactive film where you choose from multiple choices. You decide which course of action is the most appropriate in the scenario that is played out. Influence the conversation and understand the effect your choices might have.

Further training

Cornwall Council's Healthy Cornwall Team also offer various in-person training programmes. These include:

  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Suicide Prevention training 

Where to get help

If you are supporting a Child or Young Person, there are many services available to provide information or advice.

Mind Your Way provides information, advice and guidance on how and where to get help. 

Kooth provides online counselling, support and advice for 11-19 year olds. Opening Times:

  • Monday - Friday 12pm - 10pm
  • Saturday - Sunday 4pm - 10pm

YoungMinds Crisis Messenger provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis. 

  • If you need urgent help text YM to 85258
  • All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors.
  • Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3 Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus. 

The Samaritans run a helpline you can ring for free at any time of the day or night if you're in distress and need support. 

  • freephone (UK and Republic of Ireland): 116 123 (24 hours)
  • Email: jo@samaritans.org

If you're under 19 you can confidentially call, email, or chat online with Childline. This can be about any problem, big or small. If you signup for a childline account on the website you will be able to message a counsellor anytime without using your email address.  

If you're under 25 you can talk to The Mix for free on the phone, by email or on their webchat. You can also use their phone counselling service, or get more information on support services you might need.

  • Freephone: 0808 808 4994 (13:00-23:00 daily)