World Suicide Prevention Day 2015

Gary Hart August 11, 2015

Grassroots Suicide Prevention (GSP) will be marking World Suicide Prevention Day in Brighton & Hove with a series of activities on September 10.

Grassroots Suicide Prevention

The theme this year is Reaching Out and Saving Lives and will include:

9.30 am ‚Äď 1.00 pm:¬† Free suicide alertness training for community members¬†at¬†Valley Social Centre

Thanks to funding from Public Health Brighton & Hove, GSP will be offering 30 free places on a safeTALK (Suicide Alertness For Everyone) workshop to community members.

Booking is essential: To learn more about the course and book a place, click here:

7pm ‚Äď 8.00 pm:¬† Community Event¬†at Otherplace at the Basement, 24 Kensington St, Brighton

♦       Recognition Award made to YMCA  Downslink Group for suicide prevention activities

♦        2 minute silence to remember those loved and lost to suicide

♦        Celebration of Brighton & Hove’s progress towards becoming a suicide safer community

♦       How Grassroots is working with local businesses to help prevent suicide

♦       A personal perspective on reaching out for and receiving help with thoughts of suicide

‚ô¶ ¬† ¬† ¬† Guest speaker, Australian firefighter and author¬†Tara Lal, telling her and her brother‚Äôs story ‚Äď making peace with grief and suicide.

 8.00 pm: There will be a short break, including a Resources Marketplace:

Grassroots stand will be taking pledge signatures, selling Tara’s books, and giving out suicide prevention resources.  They have room for 3 or 4 other local organisations to have a stand.

If you would like a table, email:

8.15pm:¬† Screening of Channel 4‚Äôs powerful film,¬†The Stranger on the Bridge: The story of one man’s search for the stranger who stopped him jumping off Waterloo Bridge.

9.00pm:  Panel discussion about suicide intervention with Tara Lal and local speakers with relevant experience

9.30pm: Close

If you would like to attend the community event, RSVP by email: 

If you want to attend the morning’s safeTALK training, click here:

To organise these events, Grassroots Suicide Prevention received funding from Public Health Brighton & Hove City Council, and acknowledge Channel 4’s support with screening The Stranger on the Bridge.

GSP will also be holding a public stall at Brighton Station on Saturday, September 5, and organising a Bike Train event with local partners to raise awareness and funds to help train community members.

For more information keep an eye on their Facebook and Twitter accounts to learn more!