Crisis and Safety Plan

If you are feeling unsafe, no matter what the problem is, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to be connected with a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7. If you still feel unsafe, go the nearest ER or call 911.

 Creating a Safety Plan

Preparing a Plan for when you’re not feeling safe is one of the most important things you can do for yourself, as well as your loved ones. When you are suffering from a severe anxiety attack and/or depressive episode, chances are you may not be thinking clearly. This is when you want to follow a plan that is already in place, to help remind you of skills, tools, and resources that can help you stay safe. It is important to have immediate access to your plan. Make a copy and put in a few locations (e.g., home, work, car, etc.). Consider giving a copy to a close friend or family member. Remember that in any case, if you are still not feeling safe, get HELP IMMEDIATELY by going to the closest ER or by calling 911 (ask for a Psychiatric Emergency Response Team, if your area has one).

Click here to download a PDF or Word Version of a Safety Plan. 

Having a safety plan helps you:

  • outline important phone numbers you can call

  • understand your triggers

  • remember your reasons for getting well

  • write down potential distractions and self-soothing techniques


 Life and Peer Lines:

Suicide Prevention Lifeline


San Diego Warmline

Warmline for San Diego residents, 619-295-1055, Open 3:30 PM to 11:00 PM, 7 days a week. The consumer Warm Line team provides non-crisis telephone services. The goal of this service is to provide peer support, information, resources, and referrals.

Warmlines Around The US

A warmline is a peer-run listening line staffed by people in recovery themselves. Click here to see a directory of known warmlines around the US.