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.
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.
On November 14th 2014 Grassroots Suicide Prevention will be holding a fundraising event at One Church, Brighton. The money raised will go towards our ongoing efforts in supporting community members to prevent suicide. Grassroots is a Brighton-based education and campaigning charity proudly working towards making Brighton & Hove the UK’s first Suicide-Safer City. Read more...
The pledge can help save lives: The pledge encourages community members to talk openly and directly about suicide if they are concerned for someone else, or themselves. Create a team name and all you need is twenty signed paper copies or twenty submissions online. You will get a virtual pledge badge on our website, and an allocated 10 words to dedicate the pledge to a loved one or friend, or to share a message of hope.
A one of a kind FREE training,
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Monday 21st July, Community Base, 1.30pm-5pm
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"I’d really like to recognise the fantastic progress that Grassroots Suicide Prevention has made in helping Brighton & Hove to become a suicide safer city.
Thanks to their amazing work and support throughout the city we’re on track to becoming the first place in the whole world to achieve that status; and that really matters, because it means that we can look out for one another, and help each other to avoid suicide.
It means we can also challenge the taboos around suicide, and to say that is it OK to talk about it, and it is OK to ask for help. That’s why I’m making a call to everybody in Brighton & Hove to get involved in this initiative, to take the pledge to look out for one another, and to say ‘together, we can help people to avoid suicide. "