Having a written crisis plan can provide you with more control when you need it most. But where do you start?
Mental health crises can be part of the recovery process for people with psychosocial disability. Crises do happen, and having the right support in place can make all the difference.
Knowing what to do when you experience a crisis is crucial. A written and articulated safety plan can provide you with a greater sense of control when the time for action arrives, so that you can better navigate a mental health crisis with the support of your dedicated NDIS Recovery Coach.
A thoughtful, proactive safety plan can help you to get through a crisis. It can also be helpful to remember that sometimes crises are part of the recovery journey and not something that happens outside the journey or that knocks us off the path.
What is a crisis plan and why is it important?
A mental health crisis plan (or safety plan) is a plan of action designed to assist you and your support team when a crisis occurs.
It could include your strengths related to staying well and getting the support you need, any triggers and early warning signs to look out for, details about your key supports, and information for healthcare professionals or emergency services.
A crisis plan allows you to prepare for a mental health emergency. It is created before a crisis occurs, which is why it’s so effective. A grocery trip is greatly improved with a shopping list! Having a crisis plan is the same principle.
Taking time to think about and write down your support needs and preferences, and being informed, prepared and aware of what to do when a crisis happens can make the world of difference in a challenging situation.
Considerations when writing and reviewing your crisis plan
There is no right or wrong when it comes to creating your crisis plan, so take some time to explore your options.
When creating your crisis plan, try asking yourself:
- What makes me feel safe and comfortable? Think about activities, thoughts, or people in your life.
- When things start to get challenging, how do I identify them?
- Are there any situations, people, places or events that have triggered a crisis in the past?
- If I’ve experienced a mental health crisis before, what worked well in getting through it? What didn’t work?
- How would I like to be supported in a crisis? What do I need from people in my support network?
- Who are some people who I think could provide me with good support in a crisis?
- Do I need anything taken care of at home like children or pets?
- Do I know which emergency services me or my team could contact if needed?
If you’re not sure of the answers to these questions yet, that’s okay. Simply exploring these topics and checking in with yourself can lead to better awareness of your needs in a crisis.
A Psychosocial Recovery Coach can then step in to provide support in your planning process.
How can a Recovery Coach support you with crisis planning?
At One Good* Day, our Recovery Coaches can support you to create a crisis plan that works for you. We can facilitate conversations in open, honest and non-judgmental ways to determine your best course of action in a mental health emergency.
An NDIS Recovery Coach can work with you to review, reflect on and refine your plan, to advocate for your mental health choices, and to ensure that you’re equipped with all the tools you need when it’s time to take action.
Above all, remember that this is YOUR plan. You know better than anyone what you need in a crisis. A Recovery Coach is simply there to support you in the process.
When to seek additional support
It’s important to know that your Psychosocial Recovery Coach is not an emergency response service. At One Good* Day, we can provide dedicated, quality support, work with you to articulate your plan, and can assist you to enact your crisis plan if you need to.
In an emergency always call 000 first. A good crisis plan will have key emergency services listed. These might include 000, Lifeline or Primary mental health crisis response teams. You can find more information on your state’s mental health crisis emergency services here.
We’re here to support you
Navigating a mental health crisis isn’t easy. Having a solid crisis plan in place can put you back in control, and our NDIS Recovery Coaches can assist you to get there.
If you’re interested in speaking with a Recovery Coach about your crisis plan, get in touch with our team to access the support you deserve. All it takes is one small step towards your one good* day.