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."

Latest News!

21 August 2017

Exciting announcement!

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.

Download the Stay Alive app now, available free on the App Store or Google Play.

Take a minute, change a life.


June 2017

Appointment of new Training Manager

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.

# 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