Youth Conference 2017 – Motions 3 and 4 – Suicide amongst young people
As part of their work to meet the terms of Motions 3 and 4 that were carried at this year’s Youth Conference the National Young Workers Committee has been speaking to organisations such as Papyrus UK about working together in the future.
As part of that collaboration the committee would like to raise awareness of some of the work that Papyrus UK does and offers the attached information for branches to print out and disseminate amongst their members and workplaces.
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. Organisations such as Papyrus exist to be the point of contact for any young person struggling with mental illness and suicidal thoughts.
In April the National Young Workers Committee sponsored a Mental Health First Aid course whereby 16 young CWU reps took part in a two-day course that will enable them to better assist friends and colleagues who are suffering with mental health issues.
The Young Workers Stall at the CWU Annual Conference also showcased the work of Papyrus and many delegates and young reps were able to take away some very useful information.
We hope that the foregoing information and the attachments are useful to branches and members. The National Young Workers Committee intends to continue its work in this area and is due to meet with Papyrus UK shortly to talk about ways in which the two organisations can work together in the coming months.
Further updates will be issued, but in the meantime if anyone has any queries on this LTB or its attachments please get in touch with Jo Thair (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Acting General Secretary
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LTB 280/17 – Youth Conference 2017 – Motions 3 and 4 – Suicide amongst young people