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27th April 2016
Hannah Hughes (28) a local youth champion from Stockport is asking people across Stockport and Tameside to wear purple on Friday 29th April to help prevent young suicides.
Hannah is a youth champion with the Suicide Safer Communities programme run by national charity PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide in partnership with Pennine Care Trust NHS Foundation Trust. Helping her is her friend April Stevenson (25), who also lives in Stockport.
The girls hope it will be a fun day, albeit with a very serious mission to help reduce the number of young suicides and raise awareness of the help and support that PAPYRUS provides to young people who are not coping with life
Said Hannah: “You can wear anything purple – tops, skirts, pants, leggings, socks, ties, nail varnish, sun glasses. All we ask is a £2 donation – text PAPS77 £2 to the number 70070 - to support this very vital charity.
“We are asking people to post purple pictures to #purplepics or #purple4papyrus. We hope that with so much purple on that one day, people will start asking why. Hence we aim to raise awareness that suicide is preventable and of the amazing support that PAPYRUS provides.
“Through my job at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust and my support to PAPYRUS, I was alarmed to learn that suicide is the main cause of death in young people under 35 – both male and female - and that the North West has one of the highest rates in the UK,” explained Hannah. “Why purple? Because it is one of the corporate colours of PAPYRUS and the colour is often associated with peace. Through my suicide prevention training I want to help more young people in the Pennine area to achieve peace of mind.”
“This is an amazing effort by these young supporters,” said Michelle Kelly, PAPYRUS regional development officer for the North West. “There is no doubt that their efforts will help us to reach out to more vulnerable young people. We urge everyone to support them. 80p in every £1 raised will go directly towards saving young lives. £20 pays for one 20 minute call to help a young person in distress, £500 would enable 30 people to identify a young person at risk of suicide.