About us

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. Our training and consultancy helps save lives by enabling the kind of conversations that can really make a difference.

These are our core beliefs about suicide and suicide prevention:

  • Suicide is a community health problem
  • Thoughts of suicide are understandable, complex and personal
  • Suicide can be prevented
  • Help-seeking is encouraged by open, direct and honest talk about suicide

Our work centres upon internationally recognised training programmes: ASIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, and safeTALK - Suicide Alertness For Everyone. Developed by LivingWorks Education these courses have been delivered to over one million people worldwide and combine to form a consistent community approach to suicide prevention.

The four founders of Grassroots - Chris Brown, Miranda Frost, Suzie Marriott and Jenny Pickup - met in 2004 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 8000 people in suicide prevention and mental health.

National Suicide Prevention Alliance Member

 
 

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Latest News!

14 August 2018

Grassroots announces World Suicide Prevention Day 2018 plans

Monday 10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day, and we are holding public events in the city. See our plans here...

24 July 2018

Volunteer data entry/administrator sought

Grassroots have an exciting opportunity for a volunteer data entry/administrator who shares our commitment and passion for suicide prevention to aid and support to the smooth running and organisation of the office training systems, processes and data entry. Find out more here...

18 June 2018

June newsletter part 2

Book your funded place now, Punk Rock is calling you to the stage, online suicide prevention toolkit for people with learning disabilities, Real Talk feedback so far, we are looking for Changemakers, and Walking Out Of Darkness is this Sunday. Read the newsletter here...

More news...

Stay Alive

A mobile app for those at risk of suicide and people worried about someone.

Android App on Google play
Available on the App Store
 
Patient Safety Awards Winner, 2015

Responding to the launch of the Stay Alive app Emma Wadey, Director of Nursing Standards and Safety at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said:

"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."
National Suicide Prevention Alliance Member

Thank you to all our clients and funders, including

  • Big Lottery Fund
  • Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Department of Health
  • Crisis Care Concordat
  • Intrum
  • Pavilions
  • The Allen Lane Foundation
 
  • Brighton & Hove City Council
  • East Sussex County Council
  • West Sussex County Council
  • Ealing
  • Surrey County Council
  • YMCA
  • Royal Navy
  • Public Health England