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.
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.
The training we offer is efficient and focused. With half-day course places starting at under £54 per place (even less when a whole course is booked), we think it represents great value for money.
Clients include both large and small organisations across South East England as well as individuals in Brighton & Hove and the surrounding areas.
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.
Last week we were honoured to receive an award from the High Sheriff of East Sussex "in recognition of great and valuable services to the community." The High Sheriff spoke very warmly of our work and awarded us £200 which will contribute to our life-saving activities.
We are working with Brighton, Hove & District Samaritans to bring together a men’s suicide prevention campaign leaflet/poster/social media campaign in the city this spring. If you identify as male and live in Brighton & Hove we would love your help with designing the campaign. The survey is completely anonymous and confidential, and you can take it here: http://bit.ly/BHmenSP.
There were 6,109 probable suicides in the UK in 2014 of which 76%, or 4,623, were male. Suicide is the biggest single killer of men aged under 45 in the UK. In Brighton & Hove, suicide rates are higher than average among middle aged and older age groups. Suicide rates nationally are increasing in younger men.
"Suicide is everyone's business; it devastates so many lives no matter who you are, where you work or where you live. We want to use every method available to us to make Sussex, and beyond, a place where people thinking about suicide are supported and helped in their workplace and their community."