Suicide is the biggest killer of young people – male and female – under 35 in the UK. In 2015, 1,659 young people took their own lives. That equates to over four per day. Every year many thousands more attempt or contemplate suicide, harm themselves or suffer alone, afraid to speak openly about how they are feeling.
We are the national charity for the prevention of young suicide.
We draw from the experience of many who have been touched personally by young suicide across the UK and speak on their behalf in our campaigns and in our endeavours to save young lives. Together we believe that with appropriate support and education, many young suicides can be prevented.
We deliver awareness and prevention training, provide confidential support and suicide intervention through HOPELineUK, campaign and influence national policy, and empower young people to lead suicide prevention activities in their own communities.
PAPYRUS was founded in 1997 by Jean Kerr, a mother from Lancashire.
She and a small group of parents who had each lost a child to suicide were convinced that that many young suicides are preventable.
- Provide confidential help and advice to young people and anyone worried about a young person
- Help others to prevent young suicide by working with and training professionals
- Campaign and influence national policy
From its beginnings, people have joined the charity which is now the UK-wide membership organisation dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.
National Confidential Helpline - HOPELineUK
If you are a young person at risk of suicide or are worried about a young person at risk of suicide: 0800 068 41 41
Mon-Fri 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Weekends 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Bank Holidays 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
PAPYRUS membership is open to all who share the belief that young suicide is often preventable.
Who to contact
Where to go
- PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide
Unit 1, Lineva House
28-32 Milner Street
- WA5 1AD