Hi I’m Jo I manage the Gig Buddies for good mental health project in Sussex.
This year the theme for World Suicide Prevention Day was “Working Together”, reminding us we can all make a difference in our communities.
We are always super grateful to all of our fundraisers because they enable us to do the work we do and are a great way of spreading awareness for suicide prevention.
Last month we delivered a Real Talk suicide prevention workshop at the Sea View Centre in Hastings. We ran the session for 15 community members, enabling them to have open and honest conversations about suicide.
For me, a turning point was when I realised that the secret that I had held so buried and precious for so long, had slowly reached the place where I now both wanted and needed to acknowledge and talk about it.
Music, singing, laughter and magic – not words you would usually associate with ‘suicide prevention’ but this is exactly what we had for the first episode of our Grassroots bi-monthly Gig, which took place in Brighton on March 6th 2019.
Who is Real Talk for? All kinds of people and from all sorts of backgrounds. Everyone is welcome.
By far the best bit about my job is the truly amazing people I get to meet and talk to every day. People who come from all walks of life and backgrounds but who have a connection in common.
This year the theme for World Suicide Prevention Day was “Working Together to Prevent Suicide.” We all have a role to play and together we can collectively address the challenges presented by suicidal behaviour in society.
This year, the theme was ‘Take a minute, change a life’. We decided to engage the public through quick, fun minute challenges such as table tennis and circus skills, Grassroots got people talking about suicide prevention and helped them understand what they can do to help.
The theme for this year was “Connect, Communicate & Care”. We had a stall at Brighton Station, a community safeTALK suicide prevention course, resource marketplace, and influential guest speakers.
Our events to mark World Suicide Prevention Day 2015, including a community safeTALK suicide prevention course, stalls, community events, and more.