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Grant supports drive for suicide-safer communities

2nd March 2017

PAPYRUS, the national charity preventing young suicides in the UK, is able to expand its suicide safer communities volunteer programme, thanks to a £25,000 grant from the Aviva Fund.

Every year around 1,600 young people under 35 in the UK take their own lives. Many who are struggling put on a brave face, behind which they could be dying for help. But telling a distressed person that they must get help is unrealistic when they are feeling at the end of the line.

The Aviva grant enables PAPYRUS to train 70 community volunteers across the UK in suicide first aid, helping them to recognise, intervene and prevent the immediate risk of suicide.

“The project will empower these communities to become suicide-safer by developing life-saving skills, creating suicide prevention solutions that work for their communities and by signposting vulnerable young people to access help and support through our HOPELineUK, confidential telephone, text and email advice and support services,” said Lawrence Caygill, PAPYRUS funding officer. “In short this project will save young lives.”

Said Ged Flynn, PAPYRUS chief executive: “Since it was founded 20 years ago PAPYRUS has been led by people for whom young suicide was a personal reality. This project builds on the experiences of those who have been bereaved by suicide and who understand the importance of a community approach to suicide prevention.

“The fact that we gained massive support through the Aviva project from communities across the UK, not only helped our success, it demonstrates that people are beginning to realise that we need to talk about suicide. Our Aviva win will help us smash the stigma and encourage people to start the conversation, so that vulnerable young people will feel confident to talk about their feelings.”


For confidential, practical suicide support and advice for young people and concerned others contact PAPYRUS HOPELineUK tel 0800 068 41 41 text 07786 209 697 email pat@papyrus-uk.org


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