Preventing suicide with art

‘It’s inspiring to see the word suicide used in such a public and positive way’

We’re always looking for new ways to prevent suicide and connect with more communities. This time, we’ve used art and design to break down dangerous stigma around suicide and help people access lifesaving tools and services.

6 posters on the theme of #JustAsk

‘We loved how everyone created something unique. It is great to see personality showing through each design.’

The Just Ask campaign
University of Brighton

Alexa and Emily are students on the MA Graphic Design course at the University of Brighton. Building on our brief, they wanted to reduce stigma around suicide through art and design. This led to their ‘Just Ask’ campaign.

They asked people to design their own question mark to accompany important questions, like ‘Are you thinking about suicide?’ and ‘Would you like to talk?’ Alexa and Emily are promoting the campaign through social media and posters around the University of Brighton campus.

To design your own question mark and join the campaign, contact @campaignjustask

A woman with her back to us and wearing a hoodie does some detail work on a brightly-painted outside wall.

‘The artists found that escaping to paint the mural gave much needed focus and purpose to long, boring days during the pandemic’

The Seaview Project

We’ve worked with The Seaview Project, a wellbeing centre in St Leonards on Sea, which provides a range of support services to help marginalised people achieve personal growth and fulfilment. A small group of The Seaview Project’s service users have painted a suicide prevention mural, with support from art therapist, Rebecca.

‘There was a great sense of pride in its completion and this project. They had previously not had experience in creating murals before and now are keen to keep progressing and develop these new skills.’

A large collage fills a wall adjacent to The Lewes Road Inn

‘This is inspiring – so heartening to see the word suicide used in such a public and positive way’

The Lewes Road Inn

We’ve worked with local street artist @broken_hartist to create a mural at The Lewes Road Inn in Brighton.

The mural encourages people to download our StayAlive app if they are thinking about suicide or are worried about someone. Due to its impactful design and location, the mural has started many important conversations about suicide.

Our thanks to the Sussex Suicide Prevention Innovation Fund