Brighton & Hove has a very high suicide rate and we want to work with local businesses to change that. Businesses are uniquely placed to reach out to their staff and colleagues who might be thinking of suicide. Most people who die by suicide are of working age and many will be in employment. By signing up to this pledge companies can be more aware of the needs of colleagues who might be struggling with difficult feelings and be able to offer some support and information about where to go for help. 1 in 20 of us consider suicide in a 2 week period and business people are no different. Together we can help make our city safer from suicide.
If you are at risk of suicide, or concerned about someone, click here to find help.
"Brighton and Hove had the third highest rate of deaths by suicide in the country for the three years from 2011-13. Middle aged men are at high risk, and workplaces are a good way to reach men of working age. This initiative asks us all to be more open to talking about suicide, and to challenge the stigma and silence that makes it hard for us to ask for help. It's a welcome contribution to the urgent work of preventing suicides in the city."
The 'Talk To Us' pledge is part of Grassroots' Suicide Safer Brighton & Hove initiative.
"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."