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New initiative aims to reduce young suicide

21st January 2016


National charity PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide is working in partnership with Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust to reduce young suicide across Tameside, Glossop and Stockport.

Today’s launch is attended by The Mayor and Mayoress of Stockport Councillor Andrew Verdeille and Mrs Cleo Cundall, young volunteers, representatives from Pennine Care and PAPYRUS, along with a range of key partners.

Supported by funding from Pennine Care’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), the Suicide Safer Communities for Young People project will see PAPYRUS staff recruit young volunteers to undertake suicide prevention training.

It will run for 12 months and, during this time, the young people will organise, co-ordinate and deliver a minimum of three suicide prevention activities within their chosen community. Activities may include distributing suicide prevention literature, organising a workshop, fundraising or staffing information points at community events.

Collectively the project will deliver 45 suicide prevention initiatives and the volunteers will become positive ambassadors for PAPYRUS as well as within the local boroughs.

“Suicide remains the main cause of death in young UK men and women under 35. The North West has one of the highest rates. Our aim is to arm young people with the confidence and skills to recognise and intervene in suicidal behaviour,” said Ged Flynn, Chief Executive, PAPYRUS.

“Hearing messages from their peers will, we believe, encourage many more young people to talk about how they feel and, vitally, get help to see them through dark times. We are pleased that Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust supports our agenda.”

Sara Barnes, CAMHS Directorate Manager for Pennine Care, said: “Our service supports children and young people who are experiencing a range of mental health and emotional wellbeing issues. 

“We’re always looking for new and innovative ways to support them and are pleased to be working in partnership with PAPYRUS to support some of the most vulnerable members of our communities.”

As part of the wider project, short suicide reduction awareness sessions are also being delivered with a range of professionals who work with children and young people.

Notes to editors

Every year in the UK between 600 and 800 young people between the ages of 15 and 24 take their own lives - a number equivalent to the population of a small secondary school. Under the age of 35, the number rises to over 1,600. That equates to around three to four per day. Three quarters of them are young men.


PAPYRUS was founded in 1997 by a group of parents who had a lost a child through suicide: parents determined to do everything possible to save other families and young people from a similar fate.

The charity’s HOPELineUK helpline servicesprovide a unique service in the UK for young people themselves and those concerned about them - to speak confidentially to its team of trained professionals for practical advice and support. Telephone 0800 068 41 41 text 07786 209 697 or email pat@papyrus-uk.org

About Pennine Care:

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust delivers a range of community and mental health services across the boroughs of Bury, Rochdale, Oldham, Stockport, Tameside and Glossop and Trafford. 

This includes Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services for children and young people aged up to 18 years.  Find out more at www.penninecare.nhs.uk

For more information about Pennine Care contact: Helen Taylor Communications Officer 0161 716 3562 Helen.taylor9@nhs.net

For more information about PAPYRUS contact: Rosemary Vaux PAPYRUS press office Direct line 020 8943 5343   Mobile 07792 72 62 41


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