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.
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.
Take a minute, change a life.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of our new Training Manager Greg Burgess. He has extensive knowledge of suicide prevention work and has previously lead on award winning partnerships in Scotland. We are excited to be working with Greg and are looking forward to his contributions to our new men's suicide prevention project in East Sussex.
"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."