POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 91 SUICIDE IN CHILDREN AND YOUTH: A GUIDE FOR PARENTS 5. Car keys Remove access to car keys as a car can be used to harm oneself 6. Lock up things in the car If you don't have other options to lock up things, then firearms or medications can be locked in a car (preferably in the trunk) High Risk Periods During high risk periods (such as holidays, anniversaries, or times when close supports are away, be extra cautious and check in regularly with your loved one. Do not leave him/her alone for long periods. If you do have to go out, take your loved one with you. If you have to go out, but your loved one is unable (unwilling) to come along, then you might try asking a friend/neighbour to be with them if you have to go out. In addition, during an an emergency, you can always contact: • 911 • A Crisis Hotline Making an emergency action plan ahead of time is helpful and will reduce stress if it is ever needed. During a crisis is not the best time to be running around trying to find information or phone numbers. ► Person(s) (and their phone numbers) that I can call day or night for support ____________________________________________________________________________________ Names and Numbers for my loved one's health care professionals (such as doctors, therapists, others...) ____________________________________________________________________________________ Hospital (name and phone number) that my loved one uses ____________________________________________________________________________________ Medications that my loved one uses, including dosages ____________________________________________________________________________________ Pharmacy and phone number that my loved one uses ____________________________________________________________________________________ My Crisis Plan This is an example of a crisis plan where you can write down all the essential information that you need, should a crisis ever arise and you need to take your loved one to the hospital, for example.