Testimonials

Lisa Rodrigues CBE, [ Former ] Chief Executive, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust says:

"One of the best programmes we have done."

Helen Jones, MindOut Service Manager says:

"The training provided by Grassroots is of a very high standard: well prepared and well delivered by experienced, capable trainers."

Caroline Lucas, Green MP for Brighton Pavilion says:

"Here in Brighton we have one of the highest suicide rates in the country, and the work of Grassroots Training here is invaluable. Grassroots equips people with the skills to adopt a sensitive and sophisticated approach towards suicide prevention initiatives. It increases the chances that a person battling with suicidal thoughts will receive the help they so desperately need. It makes a real difference to people's lives."

Michael Beard, Editor of The Argus says:

"I found the course extremely valuable. There were many aspects we will be able to use in the future.
 
There were a number of pointers we can use in future coverage which will enable us to improve not only our accuracy but also the way we present stories which will ensure they cause the minimum distress to those involved.
 
All reporters will be issued with guidelines for future coverage and be encouraged to include helplines/useful contact details etc in their stories and features.
 
I would thoroughly recommend this training to other papers."

Rachel Brett, Director of Housing & Support Services, Sussex Central YMCA says:

"Sussex Central YMCA has utilised Grassroots training over a number of years; in particular ASIST. As an organisation our staff have felt that Grassroots have provided a safe environment where they can explore their thoughts and anxieties around supporting clients expressing suicidal thoughts and feel confident in putting into practice interventions such as safe plans. The ASIST training is perhaps one of the most useful and practical courses we use and once staff have undertaken the training it is quickly embedded into practice."

Lisa Rodrigues CBE, [ Former ] Chief Executive, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust says:

"Of all the groups involved in mental health awareness that I have ever met, Grassroots is the most positive, hopeful and courageous."

Dr. Chang Yok of Brighton & Hove City PCT says:

"I think that sitting with 'death side' is very difficult for doctors and I want to move quickly to life and living.
 
The other very useful take home message for me was that being a suicide first aider is just that , first aid at that moment... like CPR, you may be successful at that moment but you are not responsible for long term outcome and you may not be successful at that moment but it is having the skill to try your best and a framework to help manage these difficult consultations.
 
Miranda was the trainer for my group and she made it fun and enjoyable."

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