In honour of today being World Suicide Prevention Day our good friends at Grass Roots have joined forces with renowned graphic artist and screen printer Anthony Burrill to launch a new digital and T-shirt campaign: Ask Now Save Lives. Combining simplicity with craft skills and powerful, positive messages Anthony has collaborated with various forward-thinking projects across a myriad of different genres of music, architecture, education, and more. Ask Now Save Lives is his latest collaboration and we here at Proper fully support this life-saving campaign and urge each and everyone of you to get involved in whatever way you can.
If you ask someone about suicide, you show that you care and in turn give them a vital opportunity to talk openly and start turning towards safety. You can connect them with a network of support, such as friends, family and
professional caregivers. Asking for help provides a turning point that allows nyone who’s suffering in silence to get out from underneath overwhelming thoughts and feelings, and become safe for now. Asking for support can help us all feel that people do care and there is hope. Talking openly about suicide prevents deaths by suicide. Which is why we just need to ask.
Below is a list of different ways you can support this brilliant campaign:
- Donate to the campaign or buy one of the AskNowSaveLives T-shirts: Donations will fund vital
suicide prevention training, distribute life-saving resources to thousands of people, and encourage open
conversations about suicide.
- Spread the word: Share a photo of yourself in one of the tees T-shirt on social media remembering to include #AskNowSaveLives #WorldSuicidePreventionDay2020 @GrassRootsSP @anthonyburrill @teemillstore to widen the message that we can all help lives by asking.
- Download the StayAlive app: StayAlive is a suicide prevention resource full of useful information and tools to
help you stay safe in crisis. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about
someone else who may be considering suicide.
- Attend one a training courses, either in person or virtually: Grass Roots deliver a range of lifesaving training
courses, teaching you how to become ready, willing, and able to support someone at risk. 75% of participants
use their new skills to support someone within 6 months of the training.
- Watch the Real Talk About Suicide interactive film: Real Talk About Suicide is an interactive film which helps
guide the viewer, as they make choices to support someone with suicidal thoughts and behaviours.
So if you’d like a tee shirt and/or to get some more information on any of the above then go to the Grass Roots website here.