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/
Grassroots will be entering a new exciting phase, building on the successes of the last 10 years. To take this forward the Board of Trustees of Grassroots will be recruiting a new Chief Executive. Click here for further information.
After 11 years working with Grassroots our current CEO Miranda Frost will be leaving the organisation at the end of 2016.
"When I, Chris, Suzie and Jenny set up a CIC in January 2006 I don't think we could have imagined the scope, extent and impact of the work Grassroots has achieved. Looking back over the last decade I'd like to think that Grassroots has developed a reputation for integrity, innovation and achievement in the field of suicide prevention that is not only local, but national (and indeed international), and it has been an honour to be part of this. For me personally 2017 will be a year of new challenges, I wish Grassroots all the best for the future! I'd like to thank everyone I've worked with during this time, the team, in partner organisations, and in the wider community. Suicide prevention work is of course often moving and poignant, and I feel privileged to have been touched by so many others’ inspiring contributions."
Rah Bray, Chair of Grassroots Suicide Prevention said:
"The trustees of Grassroots would like to express their unequivocal gratitude to Miranda. She has worked tirelessly and led the charity with integrity and vision. Grassroots has an excellent reputation, and highly regarded products and services. We have a very positive future because of the strong foundations Miranda has laid. We wish her every success in her new ventures."
"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."