4 Mental Health launch ‘Staying Safe’ website, offering free resources for anyone distressed, thinking about suicide or worried about someone they care about.
The Staying Safe website is a potentially life-saving resource developed by 4 Mental Health, with invaluable input from international academics, mental health practitioners, people who have survived suicidal thoughts and those personally affected by suicide through bereavement. StayingSafe.net offers compassion, kindness and easy ways to help keep people safer from thoughts
of harm and suicide, seek support and discover hope of recovery through powerful videos from people with personal experience.
The website provides vital ‘Safety Plan’ guidance tools jointly funded by NHS England, with easy to print / online templates and guidance video tutorials purposefully designed to help people through the process of writing their own Safety Plan. A Safety Plan helps to build hope, identify actions and strategies to resist suicidal thoughts and develop positive ways to cope with stress and emotional distress.
Tragically, suicide takes far too many lives, yet suicide is preventable. Anyone struggling to cope or experiencing deep distress may begin to think about harming themselves and consider suicide as a means to escape their emotional pain. It can be incredibly difficult to think clearly during these times. Everyone is encouraged to PREPARE for possible difficult times ahead BEFORE they
happen, by completing a Safety Plan.
During times of deep distress, Safety Plans become a vital and valuable reminder of:
• What people can do for themselves to get through difficult times
• Practical ways they can make their situation safer
• Who to contact for support
• Where to go or who to contact in an emergency
It is 4 Mental Health’s hope that anyone currently in extreme distress can share our hope that recovery is possible with the right support and that one day keeping a Safety Plan will be common place and regarded an extension of wellbeing and self-care.
For more information about StayingSafe.net, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Alison Beech, Director of 4 Mental Health
“All of us involved in developing this website have very personal reasons for being so invested in
helping others stay safe. I cannot thank enough, NHS England and all the contributors and the
members of our expert reference group, who have so willingly given their time and expertise in helping
us develop this resource. It may be the first step some people take in addressing their distress and
therefore will hopefully lead them on to recognising and then widening their support base. We all need
to know that there is hope and that people do care and want to help.”
Jonny Benjamin MBE, Mental health activist and a survivor of suicidal thoughts
“I believe that this could be a hugely valuable resource to millions of people across the world who
struggle with suicidal thoughts and feelings. Having been suicidal at various points since being
diagnosed with a form of schizophrenia a decade ago, I know that is a tool which would have proved to
be extremely useful during those times. It is always difficult to find clarity of mind when I’m suicidal, but
having a Safety Plan offers an immediate lifeline to not only myself but those around me as well. It’s
been equally challenging for loved ones when I have been suicidal, but I feel confident that now having
a Safety Plan will help us to communicate more effectively when I’m in crisis.”
Prof Siobhan O’Neill, Professor of Mental Health Sciences at Ulster University
“This is a valuable resource, uniquely prepared with the input of international academics using the
latest research whilst prioritising the views of experts by experience. StayingSafe.net is a powerful tool
that could literally save lives.”
Dr Sarah Markham, survivor of suicidal thoughts
“As a survivor of a serious suicide attempt I am aware that all too often, what is missing from mental
health support is a genuine element of caring. This online tool changes that. It is brim-full with genuine
care, empathy and compassion. It offers real, practical advice to anyone who might be struggling with
difficult emotions or concerned about someone who is troubled and in need of help. What makes this
tool even better is that lived experience has contributed and shines through in every element. I am so
happy and grateful that finally there is something for people experiencing despair that actually feels as
good as the advice and support it offers.”