What should be included in a suicide prevention plan for bipolar disorder?

Having a written plan of what to do if you or one's bipolar loved one is contemplating suicide can be helpful. The midst of the crisis is not the best time to figure out who to call. Such a plan should probably include several elements:
  1. Name and numbers of psychiatrist and therapist to call.
  2. Phone numbers for suicide or mental health hotlines in your area.
  3. A reminder that calling 911 is a safe thing to do if one is feeling suicidal and is having trouble accessing the psychiatrist or therapist.
  4. Name and directions of the chosen hospital or emergency room.
  5. Insurance information to take it with you if you need to go to the ER or the hospital.
  6. Written list of all medications.
  7. A list of "reasons to live" and "why suicide thoughts are distorted" to reference when one is thinking of suicide.

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