Suicide Safer City

We are in the process of delivering a three year plan to designate Brighton and Hove as the UK's first "Suicide Safer City", and are making significant progress towards achieving this award. The designation is given by LivingWorks Education, the developers of ASIST and SafeTALK training programmes. There is a strong possibility that we may, indeed, be the UK's first suicide safer city.

Grassroots launched our Suicide Safer Brighton & Hove initiative on World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10th 2012 and we aim to achieve the designation by September 10th 2015.

Just for a minute, imagine a suicide safer community.

  • In this community, there is a leadership committee and an action plan to guide progress towards suicide-safer status.
  • Access to suicide intervention services is significantly improved, and provision of suicide bereavement services (a person bereaved by suicide has a 40% increased risk of attempting or dying by suicide).
  • 1% of the local population is trained in suicide prevention skills.
  • Local organisations have trained their staff in suicide alertness and intervention skills.
  • A significant number of community members have taken a pledge to talk openly and directly about suicide if they are concerned for someone else, or themselves.
  • There is a thoughtful plan for mental health promotion.
  • Finally, every year the community gathers to mark World Suicide Prevention Day and celebrate progress.

This is exactly what we are working to achieve in Brighton & Hove.

Suicide Safer Organisations

Grassroots is happy to tell you that we are collaborating with several local organisations to help them achieve suicide safer status, including BHASVIC, Sussex Funerals, MindOut and Sussex Central YMCA. Each of these organisations is working on staff training, suicide prevention policies and procedures, and data collections about suicide interventions and their outcomes.

If your organisation is interested in becoming designated 'Suicide Safer', please contact Chris Brown at

How you can help

We are working towards 5% of the city's adult residents taking our Tell Me suicide prevention pledge. One in twenty of us, or 5%, will consider suicide in any two week period. We want, for each person in Brighton & Hove who thinks about suicide, to know that there is a nominal person somewhere else in the city who has taken the pledge. You can take the pledge here.

We also welcome much-needed donations to support our work in Brighton & Hove. Whether it's a one off payment, a standing order or sponsorship from local businesses, every little really does help. You can make a contribution here.

Suicide Safer Word Cloud - Safety, Hope, Inspiriational, Innovative, Help, Talk etc.

Latest News!

31 March 2015

Free safeTALK training for businesses

Thanks to a donation from Brighton Regency Round Table we will be running a safeTALK (suicide alertness) course free of charge to local business people in April 2015.  To book your place on the course, visit

24 March 2015

The "Talk To Us" business pledge launches

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Click here to find out more about the "Talk To Us" business pledge, or sign the individual "Tell Me!" pledge here.

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Responding to the launch of the Stay Alive app Emma Wadey, Director of Nursing Standards and Safety at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said:

"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."

Thank you to all our clients and funders, including

  • Big Lottery Fund
  • NHS Brighton and Hove
  • Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Department of Health
  • Sussex Community Foundation
  • Lloyds Bank
  • Brighton & Hove City Council
  • East Sussex County Council
  • Ealing
  • Surrey County Council
  • YMCA
  • The Argus
  • Royal Navy
  • Crime Reduction Initiatives