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LSE Students’ Union drive to reduce suicide stigma

8th January 2016

The LSE (London School of Economics) Students’ Union has chosen PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide as its national charity for this academic year.

RAG (Raising and Giving), the fundraising arm of the Students’ Union, aims to double last year’s total of over £100,000 to be shared between three charities, which students vote for at the start of the year.

Already an incredible £13,000 has been raised for PAPYRUS, which includes £5,000 through the ingenious efforts of 21 teams who took part in LSE’s RAG GETS LOST hitchhike, when students are dropped in an unknown location and race back to LSE whilst completing wacky and weird challenges, without spending a penny, and all the while raising money and awareness for PAPYRUS.

James Wurr LSESU RAG President says: “Everyone here at RAG is very pleased to be working with PAPYRUS this year. The work they do to prevent young suicide is second to none. Their application stood out from the crowd not only due to the incredible amount of support they agreed to give our fundraisers but the amazing opportunities which they can provide LSE students with. Most importantly at a high pressure university like LSE, treating young suicide and mental illness is a serious issue and one we feel we can help tackle by providing PAPYRUS with a platform on campus.”

“This is incredible support from LSE students and will certainly help us to reach out to more young people who need help to cope with life,” said Ged Flynn, PAPYRUS chief executive. “As well as vital funds to support our helpline services and community work, students are a key target audience for mental wellbeing. Thus this Union is helping to smash the stigma of suicide that prevents too many of them from seeking help before it is too late.”

Editorial contact for PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide Rosemary Vaux PAPYRUS press office direct line: 020 8943 5343 mobile 07792 72 62 41

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