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PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to preventing young suicides in the UK. PAPYRUS was founded in 1997 by a mother, Jean Kerr, from Lancashire following the death of her son to suicide. PAPYRUS was initially set up as the Parents’ Association for the Prevention of Young Suicide, hence the name PAPYRUS. Gradually other parents all bereaved by suicide began to join her in the belief that something positive could come from their own tragedy.
Determined to prevent other parents suffering such pain, they began sharing their own personal experiences of loss in an effort to reduce the stigma surrounding young suicide and provide help to other parents worried about their child.
Since 1997, PAPYRUS has continued to listen to and learn from the experiences of those touched by young suicide. Today, PAPYRUS remains dedicated to offering support directly to young people at risk of suicide, their parents and any one concerned about a young person they know.
Ged has been with the charity since October 2010. He studied theology and philosophy in Durham before undertaking postgraduate studies in pastoral leadership in Dublin. Ged has a particular interest in grief education and recovery.
Prior to joining PAPYRUS, Ged had been a senior manager in a number of charities and has worked with young people since 1992.
Ged is part of HM Government's National Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group and the Welsh Government's National Suicide Prevention and Self-Harm Reduction Advisory Group. He is also a Master Trainer in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).