Grassroots establishes Real Talk programme

Our client, Grassroots Suicide Prevention, recently launched their Real Talk programme in the wider community across the UK. Real Talk invites more people into the suicide prevention space to start talking about suicide in a more open, honest way and to have real conversations. The programme aims to teach more people about the skills needed to confidently recognise when a person is struggling and take action.

The Grassroots team held their first face-to-face Real Talk session in June, with very positive feedback from participants - the most common comments being that it was ‘informative’, ‘welcoming’ and ‘interesting’, with everyone finding it highly, or very, useful. The biggest reported barrier to helping someone else with thoughts of suicide was the 'fear of making it worse somehow'. Grassroots can help reduce that fear, by guiding participants through Real Talk. To attend a session, you can sign up via Grassroots’ Eventbrite page.

The biggest reported barrier to helping someone else with thoughts of suicide was the 'fear of making it worse somehow'.

For additional support away from Real Talk sessions, those having thoughts of suicide or anyone concerned about someone else who may be thinking about suicide can download the Grassroots’ Stay Alive app. Switchplane has worked with Grassroots to develop the Stay Alive app, which launched in 2014 as the UK’s first suicide prevention app - a free pocket resource packed full of useful information and tools to help users stay safe in a crisis.

Switchplane is once again looking forward to collaborating with the Grassroots team in a new two-year project to strengthen the app by adding additional features, upgrading the user interface of the app and adding local resources for the whole of the UK to enable users to access local crisis resources directly through the app.

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