Real Talk

Grassroots is inviting everyone in the community to become part of a movement to prevent suicide through Real Talk.

Real Talk invites more people, real people into the suicide prevention space to get talking about suicide.

We know this is something that people find it hard to talk about, so we are providing the opportunity for people to gain more confidence in talking about suicide and to start feeling comfortable with the language and the feelings that come up.

That takes courage - courage that we all have.

That’s when we can start to have real conversations, Real Talk about suicide.

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Adapt your language

We would like to share some learning with you. Talking about suicide is stigmatised subject. What can you do to help break down this stigma?

Adapt your language, here are a few ways you can do that:

How to talk about suicide. Avoid terms that add to stigma. Committed suicide. Successful or unsuccessful suicide. Cry for help. Failed attempt at suicide. Use terms like these. Die or death by suicide. Suicided. Ended her or his life. Took her or his life. Suicide attempt.


We are building a community of Changemakers who can help us spread the word that it’s ok to talk about suicide.

The more people we talk to the more we realise how our lives are affected by suicide and having the opportunity to talk really makes a difference to people. It’s down to us to start that conversation.

Real Talk and the Changemakers programme gives everyone a chance to contribute and make a difference.

Email us at to find out how to get involved.

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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...

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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