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Facing his fears to save young lives

2nd February 2017

West Lothian prison support officer, Kristoffer Peace is scared of heights. Despite his dread of jumping into the beyond, the 28 year old is doing just that to draw attention to the number of young lives lost each year through suicide.

Three years ago, out of the blue, he received the devastating news that Gary McVitie, his best friend of over 10 years, had taken his own life at just 23 years old.

On 11th February Kristoffer is doing the Highland Fling bungee jump at Killiecrankie Bridge over the River Garry in Perthshire in his memory, to raise vital funds for PAPYRUS the national charity dedicated to preventing young suicides.

“Gary’s suicide was a shock to everyone as he was always the life and soul of the party,” said Kristoffer. “I am just one of many who never expected this would happen. The impact on my life since has been a spiral of depression and suicidal thoughts, including self harm, which at that time also had a negative impact on my job. However, thanks to counselling, I eventually tried everything to make myself happy again.”

“Now I realise that the best way to help me is by speaking openly about my depression and the amount of support I have received has been humbling. Soon I hope to be off supportive medication for good. Now when I see on Facebook someone struggling, I know what they are going through and send a message of support.

“I decided I wanted to help raise money for a charity that dealt with this and I found PAPYRUS and liked what they are doing for young people in need of someone to talk to. Hence I decided the bungee jump would be a good idea as it always gets people’s attention as not many could do it.

“Am I scared? I did one several years ago and I know what it’s like. As a result I am definitely now more terrified.”

Said Ottilie Scanlon, fundraising officer at PAPYRUS: “This is an amazing effort by Kristoffer, helping us to raise awareness that suicide can be prevented and helping us reach out to more young people, encouraging them to talk open about suicide, and for others to look behind what is often a brave face behind which is a young suicidal person dying for help.”

You too can help to save young lives by supporting Kristoffer at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Kristoffer-Peace   You could save a young life.

For practical confidential suicide support PAPYRUS HOPELineUK 0800 036 4141 or text 07786 209 697, email pat@papyrus-uk.org #BraveFace

Editorial contact for more information Rosemary Vaux PAPYRUS press office direct line 020 89435343 mobile 07792 72 62 41 email pressoffice@papyrus-uk.org

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