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.
And if your organisation is interested in becoming designated 'Suicide Safer', please contact Chris Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org
Grassroots was recently awarded a Sector Star award from Community Works for Biggest Impact in the City. Our training programme of suicide prevention skills and mental health - related training has helped to develop the local workforce and community members in their skill sets. This year we have delivered more safeTALK (suicide alertness) courses than in any previous year, helping Brighton & Hove move towards becoming a Suicide Safer City.
We recently held our inaugural rounders and BBQ fundraising event in Preston Park. The event was a great success with over 50 people attending and £668 raised - enough for us to deliver a safeTALK suicide alertness course to community members, free of charge. Thanks to Gaudio for designing and making our fabulous trophy, and to Sarah West for producing this great video of the day.
"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."