Grassroots is delivering a plan to help Brighton and Hove be designated as the UKs first "Suicide Safer City" and is making significant progress towards achieving this award. The designation is given by LivingWorks Education, global suicide prevention experts and the developers of ASIST and safeTALK.
Grassroots is working hard towards achieving these elements and more in Brighton & Hove.
Grassroots is collaborating with several local organisations to help them achieve suicide safer status, including YMCA DownsLink Group, BHASVIC Sixth Form College, MindOut and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Each of these organisations is working on staff training, suicide prevention policies and procedures, and data collection regarding suicide interventions and their outcomes. We are also working with local businesses to help them become safer from suicide. You can find out more about our work with businesses here.
We are working towards 5% of the citys adult residents taking our Tell Me suicide prevention pledge. One in twenty of us, or 5%, will consider suicide in any two-week period. For each person in Brighton & Hove who thinks about suicide, we want to know that there is a person somewhere else in the city who has taken the pledge. You can take the pledge here.
Your support - large or small - will help us reach more people at risk of suicide and train more helpers to make a difference in local communities.
Text LIVE 43 10 to 70070 to donate to Grassroots Suicide Prevention or donate on our website here.
Grassroots is now collating input from across the city for Brighton & Hove's Suicide Safer Community application. We hope to become one of the world's first suicide safer cities early next year! We'd be very grateful if you could complete the survey below to tell us about your suicide prevention activities and plans if:
A: Your organisation is not a member of Brighton & Hove’s Suicide Prevention Strategy Group
B: Your organisation is involved in suicide prevention work of any kind in Brighton & Hove
Here's the survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SSCform
We will give a free place on our two-day ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training to a randomly selected survey completer! Thank you for your input.
It's been an honour today to go to the House of Commons to present some practical guidance to MPs and their staff about how to help people with thoughts of suicide. The session was very positive and we believe there will be another as demand was so high.
Our key message, as ever, was that open and direct talk about suicide is the key to its prevention and that there is hope for people with thoughts of suicide.
It was great to meet Luciana Berger and other MPs who are keen to support suicide prevention efforts. Many thanks to all involved!
"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."