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.
This is exactly what we are working to achieve in Brighton & Hove.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 bit.ly/bizSTalk
"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."