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Campaign to change the law

Suicide was decriminalised in 1961 – yet the Criminal Standard of Proof, 'beyond reasonable doubt', is still required in reaching a conclusion of suicide. PAPYRUS believes that this perpetuates the stigma around suicide and obscures the true scale of suicide in England and Wales.

We are leading a campaign to change the law so that the Civil Standard of Proof, the 'balance of probability', is required instead, pressing for change to the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.

An Early Day Motion on Suicide and the Criminal Standard of Proof has been tabled in Parliament by one of our Patrons, Norman Lamb MP, to support a change to the law. 

Suicide is a national crisis. The law must stop hiding its true extent. Stephen Habgood, PAPYRUS Chairman, explains why the law needs to be changed.

July 2017 update:
We are waiting to hear HM Government's response to the recommendations of the House of Commons Health Committee, one of which was to adopt the Civil Standard of Proof in reaching a conclusion of suicide.

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Suicide is the biggest killer of young people - male and female - under 35 in the UK. Many thousands more attempt or contemplate suicide, harm themselves or suffer alone, afraid to speak openly about how they are feeling.

We are the national charity for the prevention of young suicide. We draw from the experience of many who have been touched personally by young suicide across the UK and speak on their behalf in our campaigns and in our work. We need more people who share our aims to join us to strengthen our voice - together we can save young lives.

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