In a signalling plan, you and your professional will identify the signals of a possible relapse. In this way, you will be able to recognize these signals when things are not going so well! The signalling plan can be seen as a seat belt that prevents you from entering a particularly vulnerable period, during which the possibility of relapse is high.
Discuss with your professional with whom you want to share this signalling plan, so that the people close to you are alert to certain signals to support you during your vulnerable periods.
How do you make a plan?
In a signalling plan, you will consider three phases. Phase red indicates a crisis: you are experiencing a (long-term) relapse and you need help from others to get out of this phase. Whilst in phase orange, you will initiate measures to prevent you from (re-)entering phase red. When in phase green, you will describe what a good day or week would look like.
Download the Signalling Plan (pdf) and, for each phase, write down what you will think/feel/do, what someone else will notice, what you can do for yourself and what someone else can do for you.
Tip: Put the plan in different spots in your house. This way, you can easily pick up the plan during a difficult moment.