Training Overview

Grassroots provides training to help you promote mental health awareness, suicide alertness, and positive wellbeing. Our training will help you provide practical support within your group, organisation, or community. Some of our training even saves lives.

Clients include both large and small organisations across South East England as well as individuals in Brighton & Hove and the surrounding areas.

The training we offer is efficient and focused. With half-day course places starting at under £54 per place (even less when a whole course is booked), we think it represents great value for money.

If you work in the Brighton & Hove area with certain target groups, half day courses are free, and 2 day courses start at £16 per place.

Please feel free to contact us by email at office@prevent-suicide.org.uk to discuss your exact training requirements.

Continue reading for suicide prevention courses, or jump to mental health courses.

Suicide Prevention Courses

Perhaps surprisingly, thoughts of suicide are not always related to mental ill-health. The reasons can seem challenging and complex. Furthermore, it is not always obvious when a person is at risk of suicide.

Being suicide alert and talking about the reasons for wanting to live and die has been proven to help. We teach World Health Organisation (WHO) approved courses developed by LivingWorks that facilitate and promote this discussion while keeping both the care-giver and the person at risk safe.

ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

This is an intensive 2 day course for care-givers and key community members. It teaches suicide alertness and an easy to remember framework of practical skills to safely initiate, complete and follow-up on a full suicide intervention.

Find out more about ASIST...

ASIST TuneUp (Refresher)

This is a half-day course for people who took ASIST some time ago. It refreshes key intervention skills and provides support with opportunities to discuss personal experience of the intervention process.

Find out more about ASIST TuneUp...

safeTALK: Suicide Alertness For Everyone

This is an accessible half-day course for everyone. It teaches suicide alertness and "keep-safe" steps to provide an easy initial response to a person who might be at risk of suicide.

Find out more about safeTALK...

Mental Health Courses

About a quarter of the population will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year. These could be work colleagues, clients, friends or family members.

Mental health problems are not a personal failure but can affect how a person thinks, feels or behaves. A better understanding of mental ill-health, behaviour and recovery helps build better relationships and confidence in the people affected.

MHFA: Mental Health First Aid

Over two days, the MHFA course teaches how to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues, provide help on a first aid basis and effectively signpost towards support services.

Find out more about MHFA...

One in Four: Mental Health Awareness Training

This is our half-day, highly-regarded myth-busting education and awareness workshop for anyone who needs to learn more about experiences of mental health.

Find out more about One in Four...

Understanding Self-Injury

This is our half-day workshop that explores the dynamics of self-injury and considers some of the issues involved in working with someone who self-injures.

Find out more about Understanding Self-Injury...

Other Training

Training for Trainers

These are courses that prepares people to be trainers of the ASIST or safeTALK workshop.

Find out more about Training for Trainers...

Trainer Coaching: ASIST or safeTALK

This is essential coaching for newly qualified ASIST or safeTALK trainers.

Find out more about Trainer Coaching...

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Grassroots Suicide Prevention appoints new Chief Executive

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."

Stella said:
"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."

# 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