Safety planning guide: A quick guide for clinicians

Date: 2009
(For resources, this is the publication date. For programs, this is the date posted.)


Type:  Guidelines/Recommendations
Author:  Brown G, Stanley B.
Publisher:  Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)

This quick guide for clinicians may be used to develop a safety plan - a prioritized written list of coping strategies and sources of support to be used by patients who have been deemed to be at high risk for suicide.

Safety Planning Guide ©2008 Barbara Stanley and Gregory K. Brown, is reprinted with the express permission of the authors. No portion of the Safety Planning Guide may be reproduced without their express, written permission. You can contact the authors at or

Settings:  Behavioral Health Care, Outpatient Mental Health
Strategies:  Effective Care/Treatment, Safety Planning