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History & Governance

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.


Download the PAPYRUS Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2017 here.


Download the PAPYRUS Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2016 here.


Download the PAPYRUS Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2015 here.





Ged Flynn

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). 

Ged Flynn 

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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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