Stay Alive License Partners

On World Suicide Prevention Day 2014, Grassroots Suicide Prevention launched the UK's first suicide prevention app, Stay Alive. Grassroots designed and developed the content, with funding support from Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Network Rail and the developers, Switchplane.

Grassroots consulted widely on the content of the app, holding local focus groups with young people with mental health problems, LGBTQ adults with mental health problems, and a team of mental health professionals. Grassroots also consulted with the membership of TASC (The Alliance of Suicide Prevention Charities) and held an online survey with 340 respondents. Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust clinicians also reviewed and approved the content.

Key successes and achievements:

  • Over 20,000 total downloads
  • Great ratings on Google Play and Apple's App Store
  • Winner of a national Patient Safety Award for Using Technology and IT to improve Patient Safety
  • Winner of an Innovation Award from the Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • National media attention including a small piece in The Times, an article on the BBC website, features in the Metro newspaper and a piece on BBC South East
  • Called 'the world's best suicide prevention app' by the well-known @unsuicide Twitter account
  • Included as a National Inspiration on the Crisis Care Concordat website

“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.”

Dr Helen Ashdown GP, May 2016

Stay Alive's future

Grassroots' vision for Stay Alive is that it continues to evolve and be available, free of charge, to as many people as possible.

Grassroots is committed to developing Stay Alive as a truly national app that incorporates local and regional crisis resources for people at risk of suicide.

A license for the app will be marketed to partners across England initially, and then the rest of the UK, so that NHS Trusts, local authorities and others can advertise their local crisis provision to end users in their areas. Greater Manchester Public Health and 2Gether mental health trust are already involved and it is hoped that many others will follow suit and help the app improve crisis care pathways for more and more people with thoughts of suicide. For details contact office@prevent-suicide.org.uk

A life saving story…

“I have had the Stay Alive app on my phone for many months, I keep my safety plan updated on it and have read a lot of the content. This has been incredibly helpful for me, but it is in the event of crisis that I have found the app most useful.

A few months ago I found myself in a position where my thoughts of suicide were so strong and prominent, that I needed immediate help to avoid another suicide attempt. In previous moments like this I have not known where to turn for help and have instead begun turning suicide plans into actions.

Fortunately, when I was trying to think if there were options other than suicide open to me, I remembered that I have the app and that it might help. I was able to immediately dial through to a helpline using the crisis resources on the "find help now" section of the app and they were able to support me and keep me safe in the short term, until further help could be reached. They were also able to help friends look after me.

I think perhaps without the app and its ability to help me to find help, strong suicidal thoughts would have become another suicide attempt. I believe that it is a unique resource which I carry with me everywhere I go, which gives it an unbelievable scope to help.”

Brighton resident

Grassroots Suicide Prevention seeks a new Training Manager

£27,394–£31,288 pro rata
(dependant on experience)
30 hours per week.

If you are interested in this position, you can download the relevant documents on our Recruitment page here where all details about the application process can be found.

The closing date for applications is 30 March 2017.
Interviews will take place on 7 April 2017.

# 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."

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