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!

9 January 2018

Grassroots’ board strengthened by new trustee appointments

Grassroots Suicide Prevention have strengthened the board by appointing four new trustees, Caroline Hounsell, Steve Bulbeck, Emma Wadey and Roger De Casanove.

Each new trustee was selected for their commitment to Grassroots’ aims, their professional integrity, and proven strategic skills. Their wide range of experience is going to be invaluable in enacting the board’s governance role, and supporting Chief Executive, Stella Comber, to develop Grassroots’ business strategy. 

In 2018, the expanded board will be focusing on supporting Stella and her team to explore new ways to build on Grassroots’ success so far in helping people understand suicide prevention is everyone’s business, and how to work together to make our communities safer from suicide.

We thank former trustees Jourdan Durairaj and Lisa Rodrigues who stepped down at the end of 2017, for all their support, wisdom and work over the past few years.  

13 December 2017

Grassroots seeks new Project Lead

Grassroots Suicide Prevention is seeking a new Project Lead to strengthen our committed and dynamic staff team. Find out more 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
  • NHS Brighton and Hove
  • Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Department of Health
  • Sussex Community Foundation
  • Lloyds Bank
 
  • Brighton & Hove City Council
  • East Sussex County Council
  • West Sussex County Council
  • Ealing
  • Surrey County Council
  • YMCA
  • Royal Navy
  • Crime Reduction Initiatives