Episode 1: Grassroots Gig Round-Up

Grassroots hosts a gig to remember

Music, singing, laughter and magic – not words you would usually associate with ‘suicide prevention’ but this is exactly what we had for the first episode of our Grassroots bi-monthly Gig, which took place in Brighton on March 6th 2019.

The night really showed us that coming together with a common cause and intention is highly positive. On the night we met with Changemakers old and new and discussed suicide prevention and the importance of clear, open and honest conversation and the power it has to save lives.

The acts were great! The magician Caspar Thomas really did make a audience members phone end up inside of a inflated balloon and would surprise even the most sceptical.

The bands Sonic Summer Pudding and SJ Brett were joyous and brave in their performance and we now greatly anticipate the next episode which is due to take place on May 23rd again at the Hope and Ruin – Queens Road – Brighton.

SJ Brett comments:

“As well as having been personally affected by suicide I believe that suicide can also be prevented, that recovery is possible and that it happens every day. The delivery of practical skills and knowledge undertaken by Grassroots to promote recovery is therefore completely aligned with my values and beliefs making it a pleasure to contribute in some small way to such an event.”

The night also proved to serve as a great space to exchange information about what it is we do at Grassroots and also launch our regular music night were we can all get together onto Brighton’s musical landscape. The brilliant work of the full team here at Grassroots has assured that we raised over £800… not bad for a rainy night in March.

Kate, ChangeMaker comments on the gig:

“This gig has shown it is possible to combine raising funds and awareness for the most serious of issues but in a way that is involving, engaging and enables the message and work of Grassroots to maybe reach a new audience.

I have been swept away by the generosity of spirit from those who when contacted immediately offered support for the cause and the gig through practical help, playing for free or offering raffle prizes – and I thank you all!”

Funds raised from the night will go right back into your community, enabling us to run more Real Talk workshops and Changemaker meet ups. So you the community can feel more confident and more prepared to have conversations that save lives. Thanks to everyone who came – played – performed – told a friend – put up a poster – or has gone onto to have a conversation at work or with a friend who is still struggling – this is really what it is all about.

More info to come on May 23rd line up – in the meantime if you know anyone who would like to get involved in the night please do not hesitate to get in touch: jack@prevent-suicide.org.uk

Thank you everyone!