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:
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 6000 people in suicide prevention and mental health.
Grassroots are incredibly proud of our 20 new ambassadors who took an hour out of their day to take suicideTALK on 25 October 2017.
The 20 members of the public are now equipped with the skills and confidence to ask about suicide. Talking about suicide openly and honestly lets other people know it's ok to ask for help, and that they can talk to you. It's also crucial in helping to de-stigmatise using the word "suicide" in conversations. If more people are asking for help with their thoughts of suicide then it could mean more suicides are prevented.
The first suicideTALK delivered in Brighton & Hove was been funded by donations on World Suicide Prevention Day 2017, so we would like to thank the public in Brighton for helping to make this course happen.
On Friday 8 September Grassroots Suicide Prevention will be relaunching their suicide prevention App #StayAlive.
Stay Alive is the ideal tool to help people who are suffering with thoughts of suicide to be reminded of their own reasons for living and access support in times of crisis. It’s also a great resource for carers supporting people with thoughts of suicide.
We currently have 30,000 downloads and are looking to significantly add to this during World Suicide Prevention Day, on 10 September 2017.Your support could help save a life.
How? By downloading this free, award-winning app you will help highlight the importance of suicide prevention.
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"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."