This blog post was written by PAPYRUS volunteer, Linda B, to discuss her inspiration to becoming a volunteer with the charity. To find out more about becoming a volunteer at PAPYRUS, visit the link at the end of this blog.

Suicide is a deeply distressing and complex issue that affects countless lives worldwide. It strikes without warning, leaving behind shattered families and communities grappling with immense grief and confusion.

Sadly, my own family has experienced the devastating loss of two precious lives to suicide – my brother-in-law and his son, just six years apart.

Witnessing the profound impact it had on my loved ones compelled me to take action and make a difference. In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, I decided to become a volunteer for PAPYRUS, a national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.

The pain of losing a loved one to suicide is indescribable. It is a unique kind of heartbreak that leaves behind a trail of unanswered questions, guilt, and regret. Seeing my family endure this agony twice was an awakening. I realised that I needed to channel my own grief into something positive and help others who were treading the same painful path.

After extensive research, I discovered PAPYRUS. Their mission deeply resonated with me, and I decided to embark on this journey of hope. PAPYRUS offers a range of services, including helpline support through HOPELINE247, suicide prevention training, awareness campaigns, and support for anyone who is concerned about someone who may be experiencing thoughts of suicided.

Becoming a volunteer for PAPYRUS has been a life-changing experience. The charity welcomed me with open arms, providing comprehensive training to equip me with the skills and knowledge needed to offer support to those in need. As a volunteer, I am part of a compassionate team dedicated to raising awareness about suicide prevention and the work PAPYRUS do for those experiencing thoughts of suicide, as well as those concerned about them. PAPYRUS works to provide a safe space for those who might be struggling so that we can give them some hope of support.

My journey as a PAPYRUS Volunteer has given me a renewed sense of purpose and resilience. By transforming my personal tragedy into a force for good, I have found healing and solace in helping others. The work of PAPYRUS is invaluable in addressing the complex issues surrounding suicide and supporting those affected by it. Together, we can break the silence, shatter the stigma, and offer hope to those who need it most.

If you’re interested in volunteering for PAPYRUS, you can find out about our volunteering opportunities by clicking here – we look forward to hearing from you.
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