Suicide Safer City

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.

Elements of a suicide safer city

  • A leadership committee and an action plan to guide progress towards suicide-safer status.
  • Improved access to suicide Intervention services
  • Provision of suicide bereavement services
  • 1% of the local population is trained in suicide prevention skills
  • Local organisations have trained their staff in suicide alertness and intervention skills
  • A significant number of community members and organisations have taken a pledge to talk openly and directly about suicide
  • There is a community-wide plan for mental health promotion
  • Every year the community gathers to mark World Suicide Prevention Day and celebrate Suicide prevention activities

Grassroots is working hard towards achieving these elements and more in Brighton & Hove.

Suicide Safer Organisations

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.

How you can help

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.


Suicide Safer Word Cloud - Safety, Hope, Inspiriational, Innovative, Help, Talk etc.

Latest News!

29 October 2015

Prize: ASIST place for one of the organisations taking our survey

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:
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.

21 October 2015

Suicide Prevention guidance at the House of Commons

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!

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# Stay Alive

A mobile app for those at risk of suicide and people worried about someone.

Android App on Google play
Available on the App Store
Patient Safety Awards Winner, 2015

Responding to the launch of the Stay Alive app Emma Wadey, Director of Nursing Standards and Safety at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said:

"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."

Thank you to all our clients and funders, including

  • Big Lottery Fund
  • NHS Brighton and Hove
  • Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Department of Health
  • Sussex Community Foundation
  • Lloyds Bank
  • Brighton & Hove City Council
  • East Sussex County Council
  • West Sussex County Council
  • Ealing
  • Surrey County Council
  • YMCA
  • Royal Navy
  • Crime Reduction Initiatives