Supporting communities to prevent suicide, one life at a time
We are a small Brighton based charity with a simple but powerful goal: that no one should have to contemplate suicide alone. We work locally and nationally with communities, organisations and individuals, helping them to become ready, willing and able to effectively support someone at risk of suicide. Our training and consultancy helps save lives by enabling the kind of conversations that can really make a difference.
These are our core beliefs about suicide and suicide prevention:
- Suicide is a community health problem
- Thoughts of suicide are understandable, complex and personal
- Suicide can be prevented
- Help-seeking is encouraged by open, direct and honest talk about suicide
Our work centres upon internationally recognised training programmes: ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, and safeTALK – Suicide Alertness For Everyone. Developed by LivingWorks Education these courses have been delivered to over one million people worldwide and combine to form a consistent community approach to suicide prevention.
The four founders of Grassroots – Chris Brown, Miranda Frost, Suzie Marriott and Jenny Pickup – met in 2004 on an ASIST Training for Trainers course. Greatly inspired by its simple, robust and intelligent approach to suicide prevention, they formed a CIC in 2006 to bring ASIST to Brighton and beyond. Since then Grassroots has gone from strength to strength, becoming a charity in 2012 and training over 5000 people in suicide prevention and mental health.
Our experts now sit on a range of local and national strategic groups, including TASC (The Alliance of Suicide Prevention Charities) and NSPA (The National Suicide Prevention Alliance). We constantly work to fight the stigma that surrounds suicide and to encourage help-seeking through our thriving social media community.