On World Suicide Prevention Day 2012 Grassroots Suicide Prevention publicly launched our intention to work with city partners towards Brighton & Hove becoming a ‘Suicide Safer Community’, an international designation awarded by LivingWorks Education in Canada.
The Suicide-Safer Communities designation recognises communities that have implemented concerted, strategic approaches to suicide prevention. The nine pillars in this designation reflect the core elements of suicide prevention strategies around the world.
The nine pillars provide a structure for reviewing actions and accomplishments in achieving a suicide-safer community designation:
LivingWorks says that 'In acquiring an official "Suicide-Safer Community" designation, communities will be recognized for their efforts as leaders in formulating and implementing suicide prevention initiatives on a sustainable and ongoing basis over time. Those that seek and prepare for designation engage in an opportunity to identify their community strengths and opportunities for improvement in the area of suicide prevention.'
Grassroots is now in the process of co-ordinating an Application with and on behalf of Brighton & Hove City’s Suicide Prevention Strategy Group, along with other relevant organisations and providers in the City. The application will be assessed by a review committee comprised of LivingWorks representatives and suicide prevention experts in England.
For more information on what is happening locally, view Brighton & Hove City Council's suicide prevention action plan.
To find out more about Suicide Safer Communities, visit the LivingWorks information page. www.livingworks.net/community/suicide-safer-communities/
For a second year, Grassroots will be marching in the Brighton Pride parade. You and your friends are invited to join us. We will meet at 10am on Saturday 6 August at Hove Lawns. Please wear orange and purple clothing if possible. GSP T-shirts will also be available on the morning along with other great accessories. If you are interested in marching with us please let us know in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1769008666677798/
As part of crucial research around the use and impact of our award-winning Stay Alive suicide prevention app, we are looking for feedback from anyone who has ever used the app. Have you used the app with a client or patient? Have you used the app to help a friend? Have you downloaded the app to look up information about suicide? Have you used the app when in crisis? Please take this 10 minute survey and help make Stay Alive even better at helping those at risk of suicide: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2T5RXXT
"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."