In accordance with our core beliefs, a key part of our work is facilitating minimal cost mental health and suicide prevention training to those working with people at increased risk. We also deliver sponsored or fundraised safeTALK courses free to community members.
In Brighton & Hove, we have trained over 1,000 local workers for free or at token cost in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Suicide Alertness for Everyone (safeTALK), 1 in 4 Mental Health Awareness, Working with Self Injury, Recovery or Wellbeing in the Workplace. This project is ongoing and currently funded by Public Health at Brighton & Hove City Council.
Several times a year, we deliver free Suicide Alertness for Everyone (safeTALK) training courses. These are available to all local community members. Some of these courses are funded through company or community sponsorship and some are made possible by the work of our many fundraisers and individual donators. As of October 2014, we have trained 138 people this way.
The Trustees of Grassroots are delighted to announce the appointment of Stella Comber as our new Chief Executive.
Chair of Trustees Rah Bray said:
"We were overwhelmed by the calibre of people who applied to lead our small but highly effective suicide prevention charity during its next phase of development. This response is a tribute to the reputation that our staff, trainers and volunteers have earned in the local and wider community.
"After a rigorous selection process, we appointed Stella because she not only showed the necessary drive, insights and management experience from her current role at Oasis, a well-regarded charity working in the field of substance misuse. Stella also impressed the panel with her compassion and vision for Grassroots, and provided us with tangible examples of how we can increase our effectiveness and help more people through our suicide prevention training and consultancy work.
"We are extremely excited that Stella will be joining us on 6th February 2017."
"I am delighted to join Grassroots Suicide Prevention. Throughout my career I have supported vulnerable people, in a range of adult social care settings and as a leader. Suicide touches many of us; helping to prevent suicide by leading Grassroots during the next phase feels exactly the right move for me. I met trustees, strategic partners, trainers, volunteers and staff from the charity during the selection process. I was inspired by their collective commitment to the aims of Grassroots, and I look forward to working with them all over the coming months and years."
"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."