Grassroots Suicide Prevention: supporting communities to prevent suicide, one life at a time. We teach suicide alertness and intervention skills to community members and professionals. Together we can make our communities safer from suicide.
We are delighted to announce the launch of our Stay Alive app: a suicide prevention pocket resource for the UK. Stay Alive offers help and support both to people with thoughts of suicide, and to people concerned about someone else. The app can be personalised to tailor it to the user. This is the first version of Stay Alive. The app will be updated following an academic review and we are seeking next stage funding to help us develop the app further, including a GPS-enabled function to show the user support services in their vicinity. If you are interested in funding the next stage of the app please get in touch.
We would love your feedback about the app: please rate and review it on the Apple App Store or Google Play.
Responding to the launch of the Stay Alive app, Catherine Johnstone, CEO of Samaritans, says:
"Every life lost to suicide is a preventable tragedy. There are many possible points of contact with someone at risk, and a vulnerable person may need help and support from several different sources. I am pleased that Grassroots Suicide Prevention is taking this collaborative approach to reach vulnerable people in the online environment. Samaritans is contacted every six seconds by someone struggling to cope and by all of us working together to reduce suicide, we can make a real difference."
The app has been funded by Network Rail and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and has been built by Switchplane, a digital agency based in Eastbourne. A huge thank you to them and to everyone who helped so much by providing us with feedback about the app in development.
Based in the South East of England, since 2006 we have trained over 5,000 people in suicide prevention and mental health both locally and nationally. We have seats on several advisory committees in Brighton & Hove and have contributed to both local and national suicide prevention and self-harm strategies. We are proudly working towards making Brighton & Hove the UK's first Suicide-Safer City.
Grassroots provides training to help you promote mental health and wellbeing in the people you care for. Some of our training even saves lives.
Clients include both large and small organisations across South East England as well as individuals in Brighton & Hove and the surrounding areas.
The training we offer is efficient and focused. With half-day course places starting at under £58 per place (even less when a whole course is booked), we think it represents great value for money.
Grassroots Suicide Prevention attends and has excellent working relationships with various strategy groups and committees. We are also available to hire for consulting activities.
Grassroots offers consultancy to organisations wishing to maximise and plan their suicide prevention activities, including training needs and delivery, policy and procedures implementation and referral and signposting to crisis, local and national resources.
Press release and screenshots for our Stay Alive app, to be launched on World Suicide Prevention Day (Wednesday) http://bit.ly/GSPblog
Grassroots Suicide Prevention warmly invites you to attend a day of activities at The Brighthelm Centre (North Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1YD) to mark World Suicide Prevention Day in Brighton & Hove this September 10th. The safeTALK course is fully booked but you are welcome to join us for the afternoon sessions.
On November 14th 2014 Grassroots Suicide Prevention will be holding a fundraising event at One Church, Brighton. The money raised will go towards our ongoing efforts in supporting community members to prevent suicide. Grassroots is a Brighton-based education and campaigning charity proudly working towards making Brighton & Hove the UK’s first Suicide-Safer City. Read more...
"I’d really like to recognise the fantastic progress that Grassroots Suicide Prevention has made in helping Brighton & Hove to become a suicide safer city.
Thanks to their amazing work and support throughout the city we’re on track to becoming the first place in the whole world to achieve that status; and that really matters, because it means that we can look out for one another, and help each other to avoid suicide.
It means we can also challenge the taboos around suicide, and to say that is it OK to talk about it, and it is OK to ask for help. That’s why I'm making a call to everybody in Brighton & Hove to get involved in this initiative, to take the pledge to look out for one another, and to say ‘together, we can help people to avoid suicide. "