Giving hope to young people when it's needed most.
Founded in 1997, PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide in the UK. The charity runs a suicide prevention helpline – HOPELINEUK – which offers confidential support to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, as well as advice to anybody who may be worried about a loved one. In addition to running HOPELINEUK, PAPYRUS offers training to equip communities with the skills to identify people who may be at risk of suicide and help keep them safe. The charity campaigns to raise awareness of the need for greater suicide prevention, and to smash the stigma that exists around talking openly about suicide.
Why It Matters:
Suicide is the biggest killer of young people – both male and female – in the UK. Every year thousands more attempt or contemplate suicide. Many suffer alone and are afraid to speak openly about how they are feeling. Through the support of the public and donations, PAPYRUS can keep its HOPELINEUK open to those who need it and training sessions running. Guided by the belief that many young suicides are preventable, the charity works to give young people hope for the future and create a society that speaks openly about suicide and has the resources to help.