Suicide can affect anyone at any time but you are not alone.
In 2022 we launched our first round of To My Fellow… videos. Suicide can affect anyone at any time, with each individual story being different. We need to raise awareness of this to highlight that suicide is everyone’s business and support is available.
In the first 10 videos we have To My Fellow… Mums, Dads, Counsellors, Sisters, Brothers, Families, Friends, Artists, Faith Leaders and Migrants.
About the campaign
To My Fellow… is the first video series that PAPYRUS has created which explores the stories of individuals and how suicide has affected them.
PAPYRUS knows it is important to give people affected by suicide a platform to share their experiences around suicide with a focus on a hopeful message they would say to their fellows, in a similar situation. Each video contains a personal story of how suicide has affected the individual and a message of hope, with the aim to help equip more people with the knowledge to support themselves and other people when dealing with suicide.
“It was an honour to work with a range of incredible people on this campaign and I felt privileged to be able to listen to their stories, helping them to spread hope to their fellows. Suicide is a difficult subject to talk about so I cannot begin to imagine how hard it may have been for some of the people I met to talk about their experiences, but I am so grateful to all of them for helping us to smash the stigma and start opening up conversations around suicide.
“Experiencing suicide can become isolating due to the stigma still attached to the subject. The aim of the videos is to spread awareness that anyone can be affected by suicide, each in a different way, but there are things we can do to help support ourselves and others – you are not alone. Although everyone’s story is different I hope anyone who is currently being affected by suicide can take something away from these videos and reach out for support. Thank you so much to everyone who got involved and shared their tips, thoughts and messages.”
– Rachel Martin (To My Fellow Producer Director, Marketing and Communications Officer at PAPYRUS)
Watch the series below to listen to some of the powerful messages in our To my fellow… campaign:
Support around suicide
If you or anyone you know is experiencing thoughts of suicide, you can access free and confidential support by contacting HOPELINEUK.
Our HOPELINEUK advisers will help keep you safe for now, offering guidance and support via phone, text, email or web chat. Support is available 9am – midnight, 365 days of the year.
Call: 0800 068 4141
Text: 07860 039 967
Other useful resources can be found on our website here:
This series of videos wouldn’t have been possible without the support of many people and locations. These include:
Participants: John, Shaun, Helen, Sara, Kim, Angelo, Revd Jide, Mike, Cat and Swansea University Counsellor Carl.
Filming Locations: Kingspan Stadium (Belfast), DRMZ Carmarthen Youth Project, The Bellhouse Grappenhall Community Centre
Music: Music used across all videos was composed by Ellen F. The songs are titled ‘Memories Of Our Future, Strain Your Soul and The Spring Is Yet To Come.’ Find Ellen F. here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7BYTuaWHaGZF0BkcaJrlXN