As part of our zero suicide strategy we are in the process of co-designing a psychologically informed safety plan for people in our care. The design process is truly collaborative, led by co-design and consultation sessions with both service users and staff from across the Trust, and informed by national good practice guidance and recovery principles. Developing a plan in a recovery orientated way is essential to support those who use our services to plan for managing risks to their safety both immediately and in the future.
An important aspect of this approach that the plan is jointly produced, reviewed, updated and held by the service user. It focuses on keeping safe, moving towards recovery, building hope and developing personal skills and support networks, and enables service users to understand the problems, events and triggers that can increase risk, helping them develop ways to manage the situation.