Christmas is a time for giving; for giving joy and hope to triumph over adversity. It is also a time for celebration with family and friends. But for young people struggling with life, feelings of hopelessness can intensify, says national charity PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide.

A PAPYRUS Secret Santa gift will give a young person hope: a gift to last a lifetime.

Up and down the country friends, colleagues and families give novelty secret gifts to a person randomly selected. Will you be a PAPYRUS Secret Santa?

Just £5 covers the cost of a life-saving call to the PAPYRUS HOPELINE247 helpline supporting young people with thoughts of suicide; young people for whom life has become joyless.

Simply text as little or as much as you wish to MYSECRETSANTA along with your chosen donation amount to 70085 – for example to donate £5 text MYSECRETSANTA5 (no spaces). You will receive a link to a downloadable ‘thank you’. Texts cost donation amount plus your standard network charge. You can find out more here.

If you are a young person with thoughts of suicide, or someone worried about a young person you know call HOPELINE247 0800 068 4141, text 88247 or email

On Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day HOPELINE247 opening hours will be Bank Holiday times – 2pm to 10pm.

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