PAPYRUS” – National Charity For The Prevention of Young Suicide:
Introduction To Papyrus:
Papyrus is the national charity for the prevention of young suicide. Papyrus recognises that young people and children are among the higher risk groups in the UK when it comes to suicide. Suicide is the biggest killer of young people – male and female – under 35 in the UK with around 2,000 young people taking their own lives every year, nearly 5 a day and every year many thousands more attempt or contemplate suicide, harm themselves or suffer alone, afraid to speak openly about how they are feeling. The Charity does all it can to raise awareness and mitigate risk of suicide among the under 35s.
What They do:
Provide confidential help and advice to young people and anyone worried about a young person,
Help others to prevent young suicide by working with and training professionals,
Campaign and influence national policy
Papyrus is a campaigning organisation, rooted in the experiences of its members and supporters who believe that many young suicides may be prevented. The Charity campaigns influence national policy, and empower young people to lead suicide prevention activities in their own communities and organisations.
This campaigning Charity organisation draws from the experience of many who have been touched personally by young suicide across the UK and speaks on their behalf in their campaigns, in their work and in their endeavours to save young lives. The Charity needs more people who share their aims to join them and support them to strengthen the voice of the organisation and working together young lives can be saved. Papyrus believes that with appropriate support and education, many young suicides can be prevented.
Papyrus has led a campaign for many years on reducing access to negative information online which may lead to suicide. They continue to press for the regulation of internet sites which encourage suicide or give information on suicide methods. The organization is determined to continue to press for regulation of the internet when it comes to young people and others who are vulnerable to suicide being given access to information and, indeed, material resources which can lead to their suicide.
The Charity also campaigns for the prioritisation of suicide prevention, calling for it to be properly resourced, otherwise they say it will remain as a leading cause of death in the UK. They are calling on the Government to invest more resources into better mental health support /services for young people and for those who support them as well as invest more into suicide prevention itself. Papyrus obviously has a particular focus on preventing young suicides. Stigma surrounding suicide, suicidal thinking and behaviour and suicide bereavement remains a key barrier to delivery of some of their collective aspirations.
Papyrus also plays an active part in a number of national collaboratives, working together with partners to reduce suicide numbers.
Suicide Bereavement Support:
Papyrus is a member of the suicide bereavement support partnership and brings to it experience of working with many who have been touched by a young suicide. They also work to provides opportunities for those bereaved by suicide to prevent future deaths by becoming involved in the work of the charity.
Papyrus provides a suite of training opportunities focused on awareness, prevention and intervention skills. Their awareness and prevention training includes disabling young people’s suicide plans. They offer a range of packages to schools, colleges, universities, young offender institutions, prisons, community organisations, the NHS and others. They intend to continue to deliver this training to help equip people across all walks of life with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to prevent suicide and to help keep safe many more young people at risk.
Papyrus supports sensitive media reporting of and coverage of young suicide and other suicide-related stories which may impact or influence young people. They work in a collaborative way with press and broadcast media to uphold the WHO media guidelines on reporting of suicide.
Ensuring The Voice Of The Bereaved is Heard:
Papyrus is a membership charity, many of whose members and supporters are active in suicide prevention following their own personal experience of a young suicide. Their voices being heard is at the heart of the organisation’s campaigns, their work with media and others ensures that awareness is raised, stigma is reduced and lives are saved. Through regional development work, Papyrus is able to meet with and engage people from across the community; among these, the voice of those who have been touched personally by suicide remains a key component.
Development Work in Regions and Communities:
Papyrus attracts people from across the country who are keen to get involved in the work of the charity and so the organization is developing new ways of engaging others in the work of preventing young suicides, through education and training, involvement in campaigns, listening and learning from different community leaders and working to tackle stigma across cultural and ethnic boundaries.
Papyrus members have often discovered, on the death of their young family member to suicide that their doctor had information which, had it been shared with them, could have helped them to reduce risk at home for their young person. Papyrus is keen to see improved information sharing and inclusion, where possible, of family in young people’s care plans. The Charity is pressing for change with the organizations involved.
NHS Suicide Investigations:
Papyrus members report dissatisfaction with investigations following deaths of patients in the care of the NHS and Papyrus is calling for independent investigations into all patient suicides and that the standard of these is high.
HOPELineUK – Helpline:
The Charity provides confidential support and suicide intervention through their professionally staffed Helpline called “HOPELineUK” for young persons at risk and those who are worried about a young suicidal person they may know. This service provides professional advice, information and support to young people at risk of suicide and those worried about such a young person. Papyrus is committed to working directly with those who are struggling to cope with life in their formative years, as well as with those who care for and support them. Staffed by professionals trained in suicide intervention, the HOPELineUK service is open 10am-10pm daily and 2-5pm at weekends, offering practical information, advice and support through telephone, text and email to young people at risk of suicide as well as to parents, friends, families, professionals and others who are concerned about a young person they know who may be experiencing suicide ideation.
Papyrus Information & Resources:
There are a range of leaflets available for bulk purchase from Papyrus at: http://www.papyrus-uk.org/shop As Follows:-
Thinking of Ending it All? (pack of 10). Information and advice on how to deal with suicidal feelings. Pack of 10 £2
Not Just a Cry for Help (pack of 10). Advice on how to help someone you know who has tried to take their own life. Pack of 10 £2
HOPELineUK Leaflet (pack of 10) Information about the national helpline, HOPELineUK and how to get in touch. Pack of 10 £2
HOPELineUK Cards (pack of 10). Credit card sized information about the national helpline, HOPELineUK and how to get in touch. Pack of 10 £1
Coping With Exams Leaflet (pack of 10). A leaflet for young people about handling the stress and pressure associated with exams. Pack of 10 £2
Listen To Me Leaflet (pack of 10). Information about how to communicate with young people who may be struggling. Pack of 10 £2
Thinking of Ending it All – (pack of 100). Information on how to deal with suicidal feelings. Pack of 100 £10
Sample Pack of Leaflets and HOPELineUK Wallet Cards. Discounted pack with all leaflets and a display poster. £8.50
Not Just a Cry for Help – (pack of 100). Advice on how to help someone you know who has tried to take their own life. Pack of 100 £10.
Coping with Exams – (pack of 100). A leaflet for young people about handling the stress and pressure associated with exams. Pack of 100 £6
HOPELineUK leaflet – (pack of 100). Information about the national helpline HOPELineUK and how to get in touch Pack of 100 £6
Listen to Me Leaflet – (pack of 100). Information about how to communicate with young people who may be struggling. Pack of 100 £6
HOPELineUK wallet cards – (pack of 100). Credit card sized information about the national helpline HOPELineUK and how to get in touch. Pack of 100 £4
The Charity also sells a range of promotional items and has a very informative Website with lots of information available.
Papyrus Contact Details
67 Bewsey Street
Cheshire WA2 7JQ
Text: 07786 209697
Are you a young person thinking about suicide, or are you concerned about a young person?
Contact PAPYRUS HOPELineUK – Call: 0800 068 41 41
2pm-5pm Bank Holidays
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer
CWU Supporting Papyrus and the National Suicide Prevention Alliance
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Attachment 1 – LTB178/17 “PAPYRUS” – National Charity For The Prevention of Young Suicide: