How Grassroots Saved My Life

Grassroots is a small charity based in Brighton, which works locally and nationally to support individuals who are experiencing suicidal thoughts, and also with communities and organisations to help them effectively support someone at risk of suicide.

We’ve worked closely with Grassroots to produce and launch the Stay Alive app. The app has been well-received as a comprehensive and helpful resource for those who find themselves facing a crisis or those who know somebody who is thinking about suicide. It’s packed with information and tools to help sufferers work through what would otherwise be overwhelming periods of despair. In particular, the safety plan, the customisable reasons for living and the LifeBox, where users can store important photos and memories, have helped many people to come to terms with their feelings. Here are just a few of the comments that users have made:

The app helped me help someone else to stay alive by introducing and making clear the option of 'stay safe for now'...

  • "No app will ever be able to fix me but yours kept me company during a very long, dark weekend. Thank you for that."
  • "This is the next best thing to a friend sitting with me, holding my hand when I am down and out."
  • "I think perhaps without the app and its ability to help me to find help, strong suicidal thoughts would have become another suicide attempt. I believe that it is a unique resource which I carry with me everywhere I go, which gives it an unbelievable scope to help."

And from those who are caring for others:

  • "The app helped me help someone else to stay alive by introducing and making clear the option of 'stay safe for now'. This was so helpful for the young person I was working with."
  • "Just downloaded and looked through your Stay Alive app, which is excellent (I’m a GP putting together information resources to give out to patients who may be at risk of suicide). It’s really, really good and I’m so impressed, particularly by the ability to add photos from camera roll."
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