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Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust is urging members of the public and patients to create their own personal safety plan as part of a drive to reduce the risk of suicide.

We are encouraging use of the Stay Alive app, which has dedicated information about services available in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. It guides people through creating a personal safety plan. There is also a paper version for those who do not have access to mobile phone or tablet technology.MySafetyPlan300

Thousands of LPT patients will be encouraged to download the app. It is also available free of charge to members of the public, and friends, relatives and professionals of those thought to be at risk. Most people who die by suicide have never been referred to mental health services.

The app guides gives general advice about why someone who might be experiencing suicidal thoughts should choose to stay safe instead of taking their own life. It also guides them through making a personal safety plan by prompting them to think about how they will calm themselves, where they can go to stay safe, who they should talk to, and who to seek help from.

They can even include photographs to remind them of reasons to stay safe.

We will encourage them to complete this plan when they feel able to plan for the future, and then to refer to it at times of crisis. It will be confidential, and will not be shared with anyone else.

The app contains information which will also be useful to those concerned about a friend, relative or client. One of the key messages is to talk about what is on the person’s mind – asking them whether they are thinking of suicide can feel difficult but is likely to be helpful.

The app has been licensed from Brighton-based Grassroots Suicide Prevention, and has sources of help within Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

The paper version will be available through LPT clinicians, or download here, print out, complete and keep safe until you are approaching a crisis.

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