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Grassroots Suicide Prevention – Rachael Swann

Rachael started her career as a solicitor before moving into senior leadership and non-executive roles in the Higher Education, charity and housing sectors and is now the Chief Executive of Grassroots Suicide Prevention.  GSP’s vision is A future where more lives are saved from suicide that empowers people to help saves lives from suicide through connecting, educating, and campaigning nationally.


Rachael has specialised in providing VCSE services to a range of diverse communities including; homelessness, young carers and carers supporting those with a learning disability, autism, parent carers, life limiting illness, mental health issues and drugs and alcohol misuse.


Rachael’s experience has included leading organisations through periods of change, new ventures in the UK and overseas, external quality assessment, restructures, and major IT projects. Rachael is also the VCSE representative on Mental Health for Brighton & Hove and the VCSE representative on Health and Wellbeing for Adur and Worthing and a Trustee of Crossroads Care in Brighton & Hove, a leading provider of support for carers; helping carers to make a life of their own outside caring.