Grassroots is delivering a plan to help Brighton and Hove be designated as the UK’s 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 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. 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.
On Saturday 1 August, about 30 Grassroots staff, Brighton & Hove Samaritans and supporters marched in the Brighton Pride procession. It is the first time Grassroots has been represented at Pride and the response was phenomenal, reaching thousands of spectators with our anti-stigma and suicide prevention message. You can find a gallery of images here.
We're delighted to announce that on 6th July our Stay Alive suicide prevention app won a Patient Safety Award for Technology and IT to Improve Patient Safety, in partnership with Sussex Partnership Foundation NHS Trust. The Patient Safety Awards judging panel commented “This team was very professional and passionate, and demonstrated a great partnership approach. This project was important, unique and covered a whole community approach from a great angle.”
"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."