About us

Grassroots is a UK leader in suicide prevention. We help to create safe spaces in our communities for Real Talk about suicide. We support people in our communities to develop the skills and confidence needed to save lives.

What do we believe?

  • We believe we can all make a difference.
  • We believe that recovery from suicidal thoughts and suicidal behaviours is possible.
  • We believe that suicide can be prevented through open and direct conversations. We call this Real Talk.
  • Conversations save lives.

Grassroots today

We are a small, Brighton based charity with a simple but powerful goal: that no one should have to contemplate suicide alone.

We work locally and nationally with communities, organisations and individuals, helping them to become ready, willing and able to effectively support someone at risk of suicide, experiencing a mental health problem, or someone who self-harms.

Our training, signposting, and innovation helps save lives by enabling the kind of conversations that can really make a difference. We constantly work to fight the stigma that surrounds suicide/mental health difficulties and encourage help-seeking through our thriving social media community and online presence.

We are funded by a mixture of training income, public health contracts, grants, and by the fundraising and donations of our wonderful supporters in the community.

Our history

We can trace our own roots back to 2004 when the four founders – Chris Brown, Miranda Frost, Suzie Marriott and Jenny Pickup – met on an ASIST Training for Trainers course. Greatly inspired by its simple, robust and intelligent approach to suicide prevention, they formed a CIC in 2006 to bring ASIST to Brighton and beyond. Since then, Grassroots has gone from strength to strength, becoming a charity in 2012 and training over 15,000 people in suicide prevention, mental health, and self-harm.

2004

Founders meet on ASIST Training for Trainers (T4T) course then begin teaching ASIST

2006

ASIST Communities CIC (Community Interest Company) established

2006

ASIST Communities CIC delivers its first ASIST course

2008

The “Grassroots” name is adopted by ASIST Communities CIC

2008

Grassroots organises its first ASIST T4T

2011

Grassroots hosts its first World Suicide Prevention Day event

2012

Grassroots becomes a registered charity

2013

Award of Excellence given by LivingWorks

2014

Stay Alive app launched

2014

Grassroots organises its first conference in association with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

2015

Stay Alive app wins a Patient Safety Award

2016

Grassroots trains its 10,000th trainee

2018

Real Talk community programme launched

2019

Grassroots wins in the GSK Impact Awards

2019

Our Stay Alive app exceeds 100,000 downloads