With your donation our suicide prevention app can help save more lives.
The team at Grassroots would like to say a BIG thank you to everyone who raised awareness, backed this campaign and supported Grassroots. We managed to raise a respectable £1,485.00 which will help contribute towards the cost of updating our app, Stay Alive.
We are now in the process of preparing and delivering the crowdfunder backer rewards you signed up to receive. We aim to have all these “Thank You” gifts delivered by the end of November.
We didn’t reach our target of £20,000 but we haven’t given up! We have submitted our app for the 2016 Aviva Community Fund. Voting runs from 21 October to 18 November, so please check our Facebook and Twitter page for updates. We still need your help to spread the word and vote for our life-saving app. See all entries and vote here.
If you haven’t already got the Stay Alive app on your mobile device, you can download it free for Android (here) or Apple (here). And if you thinking about suicide or worried about someone else right now you can find some tips and contacts on our Resources page here.
The Grassroots Team
The first of its kind in the UK, the Stay Alive app is a free, nationwide suicide prevention pocket resource, packed full of useful information to help you stay safe. Our vision is that no one has to contemplate suicide alone, and the app is designed to be a lifeline for people at risk of suicide. Research and feedback has shown that the app is already having a significant impact helping people choose to stay alive. Your donations will help us improve the app further by adding new features in response to user and developer feedback.
We believe that suicide is a community health problem and demands a community response. The latest statistics recorded over 6,000 suicides in the UK last year, equivalent to 17 deaths by suicide every day. At Grassroots Suicide Prevention we believe that suicide is preventable and we encourage open, honest and direct conversations about suicide. We launched our (now award-winning) UK based suicide prevention app on World Suicide Prevention Day 2014, hoping it would encourage help-seeking and reach those who would not normally access mental health services or similar support.
Stay Alive is totally free to users and offers help and support both to people with thoughts of suicide and to those concerned about someone. It is available on Google Play and the iTunes App Store. Most features can be accessed offline (yes, you don't need wifi!) and can be customised to suit your needs.
Since its launch in 2014 we have received incredible feedback from community members and professionals alike, telling us how the app has helped them or someone else to stay safe from suicide. However, we know from consultation and our own experience that the app can still be improved to help save even more lives… and that’s why we’re asking for your help.
Quick access to national crisis support helplines, as well as some local resources - we plan to roll this out across other UK regions soon!
To find out more about Stay Alive please click here.
“[The app helped me help someone else to stay alive] by introducing and making clear the option of 'stay safe for now'. This was so helpful for the young person I was working with who felt as if she had no choice other than to try and kill herself given how hopeless she felt.”
We received over 220 responses to our Stay Alive app evaluation survey and we want to share the results with you.
We found users downloaded Stay Alive for several reasons: some for their own use, some because they were worried about a friend or loved one, and some in a professional capacity to help improve their general knowledge of suicide prevention and to share with clients, patients, and other people they work with.
We were very happy to find that 30% of users have helped themselves to stay safe from suicide using the app, and 76% of users said the app has enabled them to help someone else stay safe. In fact, some users selected more than one option, meaning for some the app has helped them and someone else stay safe from suicide.
We asked users what they thought was the most useful feature of the app. Many of the features were popular, but overall the 'Safety Plan' function was highlighted as a key feature. Therefore we thought it was important to enhance this feature as part of the proposed upgrade.
We asked users whether they would like to see any new features on the app. Many respondents suggested we expand the LifeBox to include the capability to add music. This could help those in crisis to connect with life through sound, and feel more relaxed in a crisis. We thought this was a great idea and have included this to the 'wish list' of upgrades.
Overall we found users would like to see a general upgrade of the look and appearance of the app, with improved access and guided navigation. We agreed the app could do with a design refresh and so have added it to the list below.
We’re also aware that the current local crisis resources only cover Brighton & Hove and Sussex, and users want us to extend this functionality. We are working with a number of Mental Health and Public Health bodies, securing funding to bring local resources for other areas around the country to the app. If this is an area you can help with professionally then please do contact Grassroots directly.
“This weekend I found the online support list and the keeping safe for now section helpful and made me feel less lonely. Unlike so many mental health apps yours is not patronising and doesn't claim to 'fix' anyone. No app will ever be able to fix me but yours kept me company during a very long, dark weekend. Thank you for that.”
We’d like to introduce new features to make the app more streamlined, user-friendly and effective:
We’re aiming to raise a total of £20,000 to add new features to the app and launch an improved version for our users.
This is your opportunity to help save a life - what could possibly be more amazing than that?
Please donate as much as you can and share this important campaign with all your contacts. Thank you!
As a thank you to everyone who pledges to support this campaign we will give you a shout out across our social media channels; Facebook and Twitter.
Please spread the word using the hashtag #GiveAndGetAppy to make others aware of our crowdfunding campaign so that they can get involved too!
Together we can support our communities to prevent suicide.
“Just downloaded and looked through your Stay Alive app which is excellent (I’m a GP putting together information resources to give out to patients who may be at risk of suicide). It’s really, really good and I’m so impressed, particularly by ability to add photos from camera roll.”
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."