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Take a Purple Selfie to help save a young life

8th September 2015

World Suicide Prevention Day Thursday 10 September

8 September 2015 – Suicide is the main cause of death of young people in the United Kingdom. The West Midlands has one of the highest rates of young suicide in the United Kingdom.

On Thursday 10 September, World Suicide Prevention Day, national charity PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide is calling on everyone in Birmingham to turn the city purple to shatter the stigma that surrounds suicide. Why purple? It is the charity’s corporate colour.

By simply sharing a purple photo or selfie on #turnbrumpurple and #saveyounglives on 10 September you are already helping to shatter that stigma and raise awareness of the work that PAPYRUS does through its helpline services and suicide safer community programme.

Wear purple to work, school, college or university on the day and encourage your friends and colleagues to do the same. No purple in your wardrobe? Call by the PAPYRUS stand in the communal area at the Midlands Art Centre, Cannon Hill Park from 11am to 3pm on 10th and pick up a purple ribbon or take a selfie in a PAPYRUS t-shirt.

Share the message that there is hope and help for young people who feel they are not coping with life and that PAPYRUS has a great team to support them through its HOPELineUK  ‘phone 0800 068 41 41, email pat@papyrus-uk.org and text 07786 209 697 services.

This campaign has been devised by PAPYRUS young volunteers supporting the charity’s Young People’s Champions’ Forum Suicide Safer Communities Programme, which is supported by theschuhtrust.

Suicide is everyone’s business. Wear purple and help save a young life.


For more information and interviews please contact:

Rosemary Vaux PAPYRUS Press Office direct line 020 8943 5343 mobile 07792 72 62 41


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Suicide is the biggest killer of young people - male and female - under 35 in the UK. Many thousands more attempt or contemplate suicide, harm themselves or suffer alone, afraid to speak openly about how they are feeling.

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