PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide draws from the experience of many who have been touched personally by young suicide across the UK, and speak on their behalf in our campaigns and in our endeavours to save young lives. Together we believe that with appropriate support and education, many young suicides can be prevented. Suicide is the biggest killer of young people – male and female – under 35 in the UK. In 2015, 1,659 young people took their own lives. That equates to over four per day. Every year many thousands more attempt or contemplate suicide, harm themselves or suffer alone, afraid to speak openly about how they are feeling, so what do we do?
We provide confidential support and advice to young people and anyone worried about a young person. We run a national helpline, HOPELineUK, including text and email services, staffed by a team of mental health professionals who provide practical help and advice to vulnerable young people and to those concerned about any young person who may be at risk of suicide.
We work with and train professionals
We teach skills to people from all walks of life in how to recognise a young person at risk of suicide and in how to provide immediate and effective help. Our training is designed to equip participants with the skills, awareness and confidence to help prevent young suicide. PAPYRUS also delivers talks and awareness-raising sessions in schools, colleges, universities, community groups, prisons and other networks.
We campaign and influence national policy
PAPYRUS acts on the experiences of our members and service-users by campaigning for the protection of young people at risk of suicide.
To contact the PAPYRUS team in London please use firstname.lastname@example.org and for more information please go to www.papyrus-uk.org