Working with PAPYRUS

Working with PAPYRUS


PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. Suicide is the biggest killer of young people – of all genders – aged under 35 in the UK. Every year many thousands more attempt or contemplate suicide, harm themselves or suffer alone, afraid to speak openly about how they are feeling.


Our vision is for a society which speaks openly about suicide and has the resources to help young people who may have suicidal thoughts.


We exist to reduce the number of young people who take their own lives by shattering the stigma around suicide and equipping young people and their communities with the skills to recognise and respond to suicidal behaviour.

We believe that no young person should have to struggle alone with thoughts of suicide. We want to work collaboratively with you to create suicide-safer communities and smash the stigma that surrounds suicide.


The work we do centres around three key principles; Support Equip and Influence.


We offer direct, interventionist support to people experiencing thoughts of suicide, and those who are concerned that a person may be suicidal. Our free and confidential helpline, HOPELINE247, also provides a debriefing service to those who have supported person in distress.


We believe that by delivering our accredited suicide prevention education and training programmes, we can engage more communities and provide them with the skills to support those experiencing thoughts of suicide. Through our volunteer programme, we are creating suicide-safer communities up and down the UK.


We drive positive change and influence policy around suicide prevention. Through community led campaigns and awareness raising, we aim to shape national social policy and make a significant contribution to the local and regional implementation of national suicide prevention strategies wherever we can. Our campaigning comes from our passion as individuals, parents, families and communities who have been touched personally by young suicide. We press for change in many places as well as presenting evidence to those in power so that lessons can be learned and learning implemented to help save young lives.



Our training and education programme delivers suicide prevention training which works for any community or organisation.

SPARK – Suicide Prevention: Awareness Resources and Knowledge (30 minutes)

This is an introductory session about PAPYRUS and what we do.


SPOT – Suicide Prevention: Overview Tutorial (90 minutes)

Key Objectives:

  • To understand the prevalence and impact of suicide.
  • To explore the language, and the challenges, when talking openly about suicide.
  • To recognise the ‘signs’ that may indicate someone is experiencing thoughts of suicide.
  • To consider how we can all contribute to a suicide-safer community.


SPEAK – Suicide Prevention: Explore Ask Keep-Safe – (3.5 hours)

Key Objectives:

  • To consider the attitudes, myths and stigma that surround suicide.
  • To recognise and explore the ‘signs’ that may indicate someone is experiencing thoughts of suicide.
  • To encourage an open, safe and sensitive conversation about suicide with a person who is struggling.
  • To support a safety plan with someone thinking about suicide.


ASIST – \Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training – (2 days)

Key Objectives:

  • To consider personal and societal attitudes to suicide.
  • To learn the most widely used suicide prevention model in the world.
  • To recognise, and act on, the signs that someone is having thoughts of suicide.
  • To seek a shared understanding of the reasons a person may be having thoughts of suicide and identify reasons for living.
  • To review current risk and develop a joint plan to keep someone safe from suicide, signposting for further help and community resources as needed.



Our suicide prevention helpline, HOPELINE247, is a confidential helpline for:

  • Any young person (up to the age of 35) who is struggling with thoughts of suicide.
  • Any person who is worried that a young person they know may be thinking about suicide. This includes family members, health professionals, teachers, youth workers etc.

We also offer a debriefing service to professionals, including GPS’s, nurses, teachers, counsellors, police, first responders and frontline workers who have recently had an encounter with suicide and who would benefit from talking it through with a trained professional.

For young people who are contacting our helpline, we will work with them to keep them safe from suicide. Using innovative technology, our online safety planning tool HOPELINK allows young people to work confidentially with our trained suicide prevention advisers, empowering them to create their own electronic safety plans. The first of its kind in suicide prevention, HOPELINK is led by the user allowing vulnerable young people to create and revisit their suicide safety plan, helping to keep them safe when they have thoughts of suicide.

HOPELINE247 can be contacted via phone, text, email or webchat using the details below:

Phone: 0800 068 4141

Text: 88247


Webchat: If the ‘chat’ button appears on the right of your screen, an adviser is ready and waiting to support you.

Our service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All through the morning and all through the night, whenever you need support PAPYRUS is here.



We have a range of resources available on our website which provide support for those struggling with thoughts of suicide, or those who are looking to help a person in need.

Visit Help and Advice Resources | Papyrus UK | Suicide Prevention Charity (



If you would like to discuss further how we can work together to prevent suicide, please contact the relevant area below:

Scotland –

England North –

England South –

Northern Ireland –

Wales –

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