Yorkshire and the Humber has the second highest suicide rate in England.
PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide works to prevent suicide across the UK. Over the last year, we have been doing more work in Yorkshire and the Humber to reduce this number and provide more support to communities impacted by suicide.
We can’t do this alone.
Every person who lives within Yorkshire and the Humber has a role to play in preventing young suicide in the community, whether that’s through understanding more about suicide, working with young people to prevent suicide, or knowing how to help your family and friends if they are struggling.
We’re asking you to consider how you can help build a suicide-safer community across Yorkshire and the Humber.
  • If you have five minutes to spare, you can watch and share a video from our YouTube channel.
  • If you have 10 minutes to spare, you can donate to help us to continue our lifesaving work.
  • If you have 90 minutes to spare, you can take part in training to learn more about suicide prevention.
If you have more time to help prevent young suicide, you could sign up to become a volunteer and help us reach more people within your local community.

What does volunteering involve?

Our volunteers play a significant role in supporting PAPYRUS to reach more people and more communities. We can’t be everywhere, all the time, but our volunteers can help us to be in more places at once.

Our volunteers engage in a variety of activities to raise awareness within their communities, including:

  • Spreading awareness: This involves placing informative posters in various community settings, such as workplaces, sports clubs, gyms, libraries, GP surgeries, and local stores, to ensure that important information is accessible to as many people as possible.
  • Community engagement: Volunteers actively participate in events like wellbeing days, county fairs, university freshers’ fairs, and PRIDE events nationwide. These gatherings offer opportunities to connect with people and share knowledge about our cause.
  • Educational outreach: Volunteers have the opportunity to deliver 30-minute presentations to diverse groups, including community organisations, charities, and NHS staff. These presentations help spread vital information about suicide prevention and provide a platform for open discussions.
  • Fundraising efforts: Our volunteers also contribute to fundraising activities, which enable us to secure the necessary resources to reach more communities and maintain our HOPELINE247 service, a lifeline for young people in crisis.

What does the volunteering journey look like?

Step 1

Connect with a volunteer coordinator through a phone call or video platform like Zoom/Teams. This is your opportunity to discover more about volunteering with PAPYRUS, and it’s a chance for us to get to know you better.

Step 2

Before embarking on your volunteer training journey, we’ll ask you to provide two character references. Additionally, there might be a requirement for a basic DBS check.

Step 3

Once we’ve received and reviewed your references/DBS check and are satisfied, you’ll proceed to the next stage, which involves completing our initial training.

Step 4

Depending on your chosen role, there may be specific training tailored to that role.

Step 5

You’ll kickstart your involvement by attending events and delivering presentations with the guidance of a staff member and/or other experienced volunteers. As you become more confident, you’ll have the option to participate in events and presentations independently, should you wish to do so.

Volunteering with PAPYRUS is a really flexible opportunity that can fit around your work, studying, family, or other caring responsibilities.
If you want to help Yorkshire and the Humber become suicide-safer, register your interest by signing up for our Volunteer Hub, here.
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