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.
To find out more about Suicide Safer Communities, visit the LivingWorks information page. www.livingworks.net/community/suicide-safer-communities/
Last week we were honoured to receive an award from the High Sheriff of East Sussex "in recognition of great and valuable services to the community." The High Sheriff spoke very warmly of our work and awarded us £200 which will contribute to our life-saving activities.
We are working with Brighton, Hove & District Samaritans to bring together a men’s suicide prevention campaign leaflet/poster/social media campaign in the city this spring. If you identify as male and live in Brighton & Hove we would love your help with designing the campaign. The survey is completely anonymous and confidential, and you can take it here: http://bit.ly/BHmenSP.
There were 6,109 probable suicides in the UK in 2014 of which 76%, or 4,623, were male. Suicide is the biggest single killer of men aged under 45 in the UK. In Brighton & Hove, suicide rates are higher than average among middle aged and older age groups. Suicide rates nationally are increasing in younger men.
"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."