Suicide Safer City

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.

Just for a minute, imagine a suicide safer community.

  • In this community, there is a leadership committee and an action plan to guide progress towards suicide-safer status.
  • Access to suicide intervention services is significantly improved, and provision of suicide bereavement services (a person bereaved by suicide has a 40% increased risk of attempting or dying by suicide).
  • 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 have taken a pledge to talk openly and directly about suicide if they are concerned for someone else, or themselves.
  • There is a thoughtful plan for mental health promotion.
  • Finally, every year the community gathers to mark World Suicide Prevention Day and celebrate progress.

This is exactly what we are working to achieve in Brighton & Hove.

Suicide Safer Organisations

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.

If your organisation is interested in becoming designated 'Suicide Safer', please contact Chris Brown at

How you can help

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.

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

Latest News!

26 January 2015

Celebrity Auction of Promises

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Help us to save lives with your support at our 

Gala Evening of Fun,
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Join us on Friday 6th March 7pm
at All Saints Church, Hove

Opening our event is Gail Porter!

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3 February 2015

Time To Talk | The Alliance of Suicide Prevention Charities:

On 28th February St Martin-in-the-Field in London is holding a service of reflection for people affected by suicide. A time together with music, words & space for those living with loss and grief, and journeying towards hope & healing.

Saturday, 28 February 2015, 10.30-11.30am

This is a free event that is open to anyone affected by suicide. If you would like to attend please contact with the number of seats you require. Free e-tickets will be issued on a first come first served basis.

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Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion says...

"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."

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
  • Ealing
  • Surrey County Council
  • YMCA
  • The Argus
  • Royal Navy
  • Crime Reduction Initiatives