Men's suicide prevention campaign

This campaign focuses on encouraging male friends to look out for each other. The aim is to foster open and direct conversations about any concerns, including thoughts of suicide and mental health issues.

Young and middle aged men are roughly three times more likely to take their own lives than women. Suicide is the single biggest killer of men aged under 45 in the UK, with 76 per cent of all suicides in 2014 being men (ONS, NISRA, GRO 2014).

Figures show that 1 in 40 think about suicide over the course of a year. Locally Brighton & Hove has had a higher rate of deaths by suicide than the national average for more than a century, with significant higher rates of suicide among men aged 36-64 years old. The latest figures show us as the ninth highest among local authority areas in England; Brighton & Hove is ranked 136 of 144 local authorities.

Are you thinking about suicide? Here are 5 suggestions to consider:

  1. Wait. Decide not to do anything right now to hurt yourself. You do not have to act on your thoughts of suicide. Suicidal behaviour is an attempt to solve what feels like an overwhelming set of problems. When we are struggling to cope, our mind closes down on creativity and our problem solving skills become much more limited. Your thoughts and feelings CAN change.
  2. Talk to someone; it could be a friend or family member, or a support service of some kind. There are people who want to listen and who can help you
  3. If talking is difficult, there is online support here. Someone who wants to help you is just a click away.
  4. Try to keep yourself safe for now
  5. Spend some time thinking about what your reasons for living might be

Worried about someone?

  • Be alert - Not everyone who thinks about suicide will tell someone, but there may be warning signs.
  • Be honest - Tell the person why you're worried about them, and ask about suicide. Tell them you want to know how they really are, and that it's OK to talk about suicide.
  • Listen - Just listening is one of the most helpful things you can do. Try not to judge or give advice.
  • Get them some help - It's OK if you don't know how; the ideas on our Suicide Prevention Resources web page can get you started.
  • Take care of yourself - You may find it helpful to discuss your feelings with another friend, or a confidential service.

Support

If you are thinking about suicide and perhaps don't think you have anyone to talk to, support is available across Brighton & Hove from the following:

MHRRS - Mental Health Rapid Response Service

For anyone who is in danger of harming themselves or others:
Tel: 0300 304 0078. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
www.gp.brightonandhoveccg.nhs.uk/mental-health

Samaritans

24 hours confidential emotional support for anyone.
Freephone 116 123, this number does not show up on phone bills and is free to call from landlines and mobiles, including pay-as-you-go mobiles.
Email jo@samaritans.org
www.samaritans.org/branches/samaritans-brighton-hove-and-district

CALM Helpline

The Campaign Against Living Miserably offers confidential, anonymous and free support, information and signposting to men anywhere in the UK through their helpline. Monday-Friday from 1pm-11pm every day, calls free from landlines and most mobiles.
Tel: 0800 58 58 58
Webchat (5pm - midnight): www.thecalmzone.net

Survivors of Suicide

For Brighton & Hove residents aged 18 and over who are experiencing suicidal thoughts or those bereaved by suicide:
Tel: 01273 709060
www.rethink.org/services-groups/services/survivors-of-suicide-sos-brighton-hove

Stay Alive app

A suicide prevention pocket resource for the UK. Stay Alive offers help and support both to people with thoughts of suicide and to people concerned about someone else. The app can be personalised to tailor it to the user.
View in Google Play
View in Apple App Store

You may also find Mind in Brighton & Hove's page on Men's Mental Health useful.

You can find a list of extra suicide prevention resources (including national and online resources) here.

It's OK to Talk - #OkSelfie Engagement

Men have been sending us their #OKselfies to encourage open and direct conversations about suicide.

Photos of men making the OK symbol with their hand
David Stockdale, Brighton & Hove Albion FC Goalkeeper, says "we can all help by just talking. I'm supporting the ‪#‎OKSelfie: all you need to do is ask 'you alright mate?'" Please get involved and post a picture of your #OKselfie to Twitter.

Street art campaign

Graffitti-style campaign artwork on a street electricity box

We have painted several electrical boxes around Brighton. Have you encountered this street art campaign? If so, please help us improve this project by taking our survey here. There's a chance to win a signed print from Madderdoit?

Have you seen our Street Art Project? If so, take our survey here.

Download your own 'Alright Mate' posters

Download the poster's below and share with friends, family members or co-workers.

Download the wallet card

Download the wallet card below and use it as an opportunity to ask a friend about suicide.

 

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This campaign is in partnership with

  • Brighton & Hove District Samaritans
  • Mankind
  • Mind Out
  • Psychology Sussex

This campaign is funded and supported by

  • Brighton & Hove City Council's Public Health Team

Latest News!

14 November 2017

First suicideTALK delivered in Brighton & Hove

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. 

21 August 2017

Exciting announcement!

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.

Download the Stay Alive app now, available free on the App Store or Google Play.

Take a minute, change a life.

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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