As part of resident’s crisis plans they can now access the Brighton Urgent Response Service (BURS). BURS is available for people who require support in a crisis when other services are not open. It does not replace the Assessment and Treatment Service so, if you can, contact your care coordinator/lead professional or the Duty Desk as normal during office hours (9 am -5 pm, Monday - Friday). BURS is available to assess people’s needs urgently out of hours; contact BURS, if you can, before considering attending A&E for mental health needs.
Brighton Urgent Response Service is available after 5 pm every week day, and anytime at weekends. Call 01273 242220.
When your care coordinator or lead professional next meet with you they will update the person’s care plan to include the BURS contact details. In the meantime if you have any questions please contact your local team on the usual number, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funded Mental Health and Suicide Intervention Training. Grassroots is very happy to be able to offer a number of funded suicide alertness, suicide intervention and mental health training places, provided by NHS Brighton & Hove. To be eligible for a place funded by NHS Brighton & Hove you need to be working in the Brighton & Hove area with/for one of various target groups:
Read more and find out if you're eligible for a funded place on our blog
Grassroots Suicide Prevention: supporting community members 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.
Based in the South East of England, since 2006 we have trained over 3,500 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.
Keeping mental health and suicide issues on the agenda, both locally and beyond.
Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion says...
Here in Brighton we have one of the highest suicide rates in the country, and the work of Grassroots Training here is invaluable. Grassroots equips people with the skills to adopt a sensitive and sophisticated approach towards suicide prevention initiatives. It increases the chances that a person battling with suicidal thoughts will receive the help they so desperately need. It makes a real difference to people’s lives.