Make a Plan
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If you don’t currently have a plan, this is a great place to start. In this step, you’ll dig into the specifics of your current situation to:
- Bring people together: to engage with your target population and to form a working committee responsible for the plan
- Build a community profile: what are your current strengths (assets), gaps, and opportunities?
Create a Plan
This is where you’ll start making sense of all the information you collected in the previous step to:
- Identify plan activities
- Choose how to measure the success of your activities (this forms the basis of Step 5: Evaluation)
Act on the Plan
You’re ready to start implementing your plan! In this step you’ll consider how to:
- Begin implementation by considering what will work best for all involved
- Keep motivation levels high as the plan is implemented
Evaluate the Plan
Finally, you’ll take stock of your work:
- What worked and why?
- What will you modify for the next round?
Defining community: Community, within this plan, is defined as the environment in which you’re developing a suicide prevention plan. For example, if you work with older adults in an older-adults-focused community centre, your community would be the community centre and everyone who is involved with it.
Defining target population: Your target population is the people who you hope will be impacted by the suicide prevention plan, for example, older adults themselves. They are the focus of your plan.
Fill in worksheet sections according to the prompts, indicated by this icon, that appear throughout the guide.
Don’t forget to download the worksheet PDF and save it on your computer. Make any updates to the saved PDF and remember to save your changes. Hint: If the PDF is opening in your browser, you won’t be able to save the changes you make to it. If the PDF opens in Adobe Reader or another PDF reader software, then it’s possible to save your changes.