#TalkSuicide Community Action Groups

We've partnered with Brighter Futures to bring local communities together.  They've developed a network of like minded people - all with different experiences, knowledge and backgrounds, who have one thing in common; they all want to do what they can to help prevent suicide in their local area. 

These networks are called Community Action Groups (CAGs). Everyone and anyone can join their local Community Action Group.

Local groups meet monthly, online, and are currently running in the following areas:

  • Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme

  • Cannock Chase

  • Stafford, Stone and surrounding area

  • Burton, Lichfield and Uttoxeter


More about our members

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Jane Williams

Jane, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, works as a mechandiser in the clothing industry. She's trained as a Mental Health First Aider, as well as in counselling and mental health awareness.

As one of our Community Champions, Jane's committed to preventing suicide.  She says "I've had lots of friends who have experienced depression and not told anyone. I want everyone in Staffordshire to know that however they feel, there are people who want to listen and support them.  Whatever they're going through, there is always hope." 

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Michelle Padmos

Michelle, from Sandyford in Stoke-on-Trent, has 15 years experience of working in Housing Support.  She says "My best friend’s son took his own life aged 20, which was utterly heartbreaking for family and friends.

Since taking suicide prevention training I have the confidence to speak out and challenge the embarrassment and shame that can surround mental health and suicide. The more we talk about it the better."

Natalie Holford

Natalie Holford

Natalie, from Tamworth, volunteers with stroke survivors and people with a visual impairment. She says  "Most people think that they shouldn’t mention suicide when somebody is in distress or despair, in case it puts the idea into their heads. 

But it's so important to talk about suicide, asking the question gives someone the chance to open up and then you can help them get the support they need."


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Sarah Malin

Sarah, from Stoke says "The #TalkSuicide training has given me the confidence to ask the awkward questions. Having lost a family member to suicide, I know how important it is to have open conversations.

Since the training I've been able to support people at work, as well as a friend who was feeling low. I can't recommend the training enough. Everyone should do it!" 

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Roy Gibbs

Roy lives near Blythe Bridge and is a mature student, with several voluntary roles. He says "Having suffered depression myself, I know how important it is, to be able to talk and for someone to listen. That chat and holding out a helping hand can make all the difference.

The suicide prevention training has helped me gain confidence and I'd recommend it to anyone, because we all know someone, it could be a family member, or a close friend that one day needs that helping ear."

Get involved

Find out more about your local group and how you can join them:

Read, or download, a community guide to preventing suicide, created by Brighter Futures as part of the project.


Video created by the Community Action Groups to raise awareness about the importance of talking about mental health.


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