Brighton & Hove has a very high suicide rate and we want to work with local businesses to change that. Businesses are uniquely placed to reach out to their staff and colleagues who might be thinking of suicide. Most people who die by suicide are of working age and many will be in employment. By signing up to this pledge companies can be more aware of the needs of colleagues who might be struggling with difficult feelings and be able to offer some support and information about where to go for help. 1 in 20 of us consider suicide in a 2 week period and business people are no different. Together we can help make our city safer from suicide.
If you are at risk of suicide, or concerned about someone, click here to find help.
"Brighton and Hove had the third highest rate of deaths by suicide in the country for the three years from 2011-13. Middle aged men are at high risk, and workplaces are a good way to reach men of working age. This initiative asks us all to be more open to talking about suicide, and to challenge the stigma and silence that makes it hard for us to ask for help. It's a welcome contribution to the urgent work of preventing suicides in the city."
The 'Talk To Us' pledge is part of Grassroots' Suicide Safer Brighton & Hove initiative.
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."