This was a project engaging young people creatively to promote suicide prevention in their communities, whilst creating on-street adverts for our mobile phone app Stay Alive.
In Stage One, the Stay Alive Urban Art project began with an impressive piece by Graf Inc. on the side of ShakeAway (Bond Street).
Angela and Alberto of Graf Inc., working with Grassroots, held two free workshops for people aged 16-25. They provided opportunities to learn basic street art skills, such as stencilling and spraying, alongside a safe space to talk about issues around mental health and suicide.
More art came out of the workshops and, by arrangement with the Council, some was painted on electical boxes in our city streets (electrical boxes painted with art have become a hugely popular feature of the streets of Brighton & Hove).
This project was funded by the 2015 Mental Wellbeing Innovation Fund (Brighton & Hove City Council and NHS Brighton & Hove)
Stage Two involved painting the large electrical box at the rear entrance to the Brighton Station (Stroudly Road). We wanted more awareness of suicide prevention around the station, to help those people visiting the city to those commuting on their way to work.
By promoting the app around the station, we hope to inform the public that they are not alone with their, or others', thoughts of suicide. The station staff have agreed to promote the app themselves through poster campaigns near the box within the station.
These initiatives were funded by Healthy Neighbourhood Fund - London Road.
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.
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.
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"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."