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What’s in your Safety Box?

by cyanidesofmarch

I once heard a good suggestion for people suffering from depression/suicidal thoughts/self harm.

Make a “safety box” full of things that make you happy. Hide it somewhere and pull it out only when you are in extreme danger of doing something to yourself.

I’ve never made one for myself, even though I always thought it was a good idea. I would probably put old (happy) photos, old journals, letters from friends and oh yes… a bunch of chocolate bars in there. I’m just curious, what kind of stuff would you guys put?

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iamsara198 9/7/2013 - 8:47 am

letters, pics, and my baby’s first outfits and shoes, candles ..and money because buying myself a new outfit or geting my hair done can help me feel a little beter to

RealTalk30 9/7/2013 - 8:53 am

Weeeeeeeeed!!!!! 😀

ifoundmeandyou 9/7/2013 - 9:20 am

real talk lol.

Tristeza 9/7/2013 - 9:51 am

I never had a “safety box” but I had a danger box when I was a cutter …. lol
I should start thinking about a safety box, it’s a good idea

@ifoundmeandyou
real talk lol.
+1

cyanidesofmarch 9/7/2013 - 11:05 am

I want to trade my chocolate bars for iamsara’s $$ and RT30’s weed.

quaero 9/7/2013 - 11:07 am

childhood photos, poems from good times, newspaper pic cuttings, old diary, notebook last page collection…i guess

soonerthebetter 9/7/2013 - 11:16 am

well i will put all my “LAST notes” that i wrote over the past one year.. they were my way of letting it all out.. looking at it some how gives me an assurance that i am stronger than I think I am, because i put it off SOOOO many times.. sounds weird ryt?? I know.. but cants help it
If I had a safety box, i would just place all my suicide-notes, and may be my some pics, of my folks, my sister and of my ex (do not judge me.. even though he was a complete asshole when he ended it, his memories make me really really happy).. 😀

cyanidesofmarch 9/7/2013 - 11:32 am

This is really cool, I notice a trend of keeping reminders of happy memories. I wonder if that implies we can get those happy feelings back again? The more I think about it, iamsara’s idea of keeping money for a new outfit is really brilliant because it would force you to go out into the world (for something fun) rather than just dwelling in a dark cave which is what I tend to do.

@stb I think it’s really awesome that you can look at your old Last Notes that way. I’m not sure if it would send me into a deeper funk, but maybe I should give it a shot.

iamsara198 9/7/2013 - 3:12 pm

yep you are right, siting in the house thinking bad stuff too much is really bad for you and probably will make you worse.

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