PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.
Suicide is the biggest killer of young people – male and female – under 35 in the UK. Every year many thousands more attempt or contemplate suicide, harm themselves or suffer alone, afraid to speak openly about how they are feeling.
Our vision is for a society which speaks openly about suicide and has the resources to help young people who may have suicidal thoughts.
We exist to reduce the number of young people who take their own lives by shattering the stigma around suicide and equipping young people and their communities with the skills to recognise and respond to suicidal behaviour.
Our Beliefs and Values:
Beliefs that guide our thinking:
PREVENTION: Many young suicides are preventable
PASSION: Those who are touched personally by a young suicide have a unique contribution to make to our work
HOPE: No young person should have to suffer alone with thoughts or feelings of hopelessness and nobody should have to go through the heartbreak of losing a young person to suicide
LEARNING: There are always lessons to be learned from listening to young people at risk of suicide, those who give them support and those who have lost a young person to suicide.
PAPYRUS run HOPELINEUK a suicide prevention helpline for those under the age of 35 struggling with thoughts of suicide as well as their concerned others. HOPELINEUK is a free and confidential service staffed by trained Suicide Prevention Advisers. Our advisers can help keep young people safe from thoughts of suicide. Our number is 0800 068 4141. We are open 9am-10pm weekdays and 2pm-10pm weekends and bank holidays.