Get advice by SMS or e-mail
New service opened in response to requests
As a core aim in our strategic planning at PAPYRUS, we have determined to ensure that we would LISTEN TO and LEARN FROM young people - especially those who might be seeking help with suicidal thoughts - and those most closely associated with them, their friends and families.
Many young people at risk and their caregivers contact us for advice through HOPELineUK. Yet, others have suggested that - for one reason or another - they would not use a helpline.
In response, we have launched two new services which preserve the enquirer's anonymity and confidentiality. From 1 May 2012, you can get professional suicide advice and support by SMS and by email.
Stephen Habgood, PAPYRUS Chairman, says:
"We have been keen to get beside young people and those who are worried about young people who may be thinking about harming themselves or considering suicide. These new ways of getting help are being opened to improve access to our support for young people."
Alexis Elliott, Coordinator, suggests that young people often find it hard to 'phone a helpline and may prefer to text:
"If they are using their mobiles, it is cheaper for them and they can retain their anonymity. Our service will remove personal details from their incoming text or email and our response can be received when they wish to collect it, privately."
PAPYRUS will operate these services for a trial period initially.