Be prepared


Here are some ideas on how to prepare yourself in case of a mental health emergency.

Let us know which activities work for you. If you have any other suggestions for this page, please send them to julie.huggan@health-in-mind.org.uk.


Self soothe box

A self-soothe box (also called a happy/crisis/panic/emergency box) could be a box or a bag of items that can make you feel better if you are feeling low, having intrusive thoughts or feeling panicky. You can pick whatever items you want – this box is just for you.

You can make it your own by decorating it or even making a couple of versions of it for different situations.

Papyrus has put together a guide on how to create a ‘Hope Box’.

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)

A Wellness Recovery Action Plan is a tool to help people to manage their own mental health and wellness as best they can.

Learn how to create your own WRAP from Get Self-help

Safety plan card

Download your own safety plan cards from Get Self-help.

Crisis management plan

A crisis management plan will allow you to reflect on the emotions that keep reoccurring during a crisis and help you prepare in case it happens again.

Crisis Management Plan from Get Self-help


Looking for self-help information

If you’re experiencing low mood, anxiety, or stress in your life, looking into self-help activities and ideas might be the right option for you.