The Harmony Safety Care Plan is used as an emotional regulation tool as well as a harm reduction technique. If you notice at the top of the Harmony Safety Care Plan is the Suicide Hotline’s number. The first thing a person sees is how to get help immediately. Also notice the plan follows the Triangle of Safety model.
The Triangle of Safety works from the general to the specific. Working from what you can do, where you can go, to the various of individuals you can ask for help. As a result, you realize you have more control over yourself and abilities. It moves your locus of control from external to internal.
Starting at the beginning, step one, looks at your warning signs for an emotional crisis. These include dark thoughts, nightmares, heavy depressive moods. Warning signs include the types of situations you put yourself in such as risky behavior. For example being around people you know are not good for you or going to “triggering places.” Pay attention to these maladaptive coping skills and warning signs.
Step 2, identifying your internal coping strategies. What are the activities you can do to take your mind off the problems without contacting another person. Coping skills that only involve you and other items. These strategies include meditation, mindfulness, physical activity, showers, video games, and watching favorite show. Try to work on urges yourself first and if those do not work then move to step 3.
People and social settings that provide distraction make up step 3 of the Harmony Safety Care Plan. Social settings can include support meetings, game night with family or friends, going to the park. People here are individuals in your outer or inner circle of friends that can provide a distraction. They may not be the people you who super vulnerable with. We save those people for Step 4.
Step 4 involves the people you can for help. People from your inner circle make up this list. You need to identify at least 2 people. Make sure to write their numbers down as well because when we are emotionally flooded we forget numbers. In a crisis your phone maybe out of battery life. It is a good idea to write the numbers down.
Speaking of numbers step 5 involves the contact information of 24/7 professional agencies. These agencies include local urgent care services and national urgent care services. The ones we have are the National Suicide hotline, texting a national hotline, and a line directly for teenagers.
Step 6 of the Harmony Safety Care Plan contains therapist contact information. It is important to have therapists’ and psychiatrists’ contact information so you can communicate with them. As a result they can help you and provide the resources you may need. Lastly, is making your environment safe.
What do you need make your environment safe during an emotional crisis? For example some people who take medications will hand over the medication to a trusted individual. Therefore, they can only take their medication as prescribed. Other individuals remove all sharp objects from their homes. Number one thing is if you have firearms in your house please give them to someone else while you are having an emotional crisis. It is just best practice not to have firearms around during these times.
Finally, write down at least one thing that is important to you and worth living for. Even if it just to see the sunrise or your pet. These are both valid reasons to stick around on this plane of exist. Once you have completed the The Harmony Safety Care Plan put a copy in your self-soothe kit, wallet, or bag. Also give a copy to your therapist and/or psychiatrist. Lastly, you may want to consider giving a copy to the people you ask for help from. The more the individuals how to help you the better they serve you during a crisis.
If you want to know about the Harmony Safety Care Plan watch this video
Here is how to make a self-soothe kit
Last, but not least an explanation of the Triangle of Safety