Please give generously to PAPYRUS
Each year the European Contact Centre and Customer Service Awards pledge to raise money for a chosen charity. With mental health increasingly recognised as a challenge within the contact centre community, the charity this year is PAPYRUS.
PAPYRUS is a national charity dedicated to the prevent of young suicide. It believes no young person should suffer in silence and that suicide need not be the inevitable outcome of feeling suicidal.
Suicide is the biggest killer of young people – male and female – under 35
Every year over 1800 young people take their own lives in the UK alone. Many thousands more contemplate suicide, many harm themselves or suffer alone, afraid to speak openly about how they are feeling.
PAPYRUS aim to banish the stigma surrounding young suicide, encouraging young people who may otherwise mask their true feelings to talk openly and get help when they are struggling. And as a charity, PAPYRUS relies entirely on donations and fundraising to do so.
Every year thousands of vulnerable young people and those worried about a young person at risk of suicide, contact HOPELINEUK for practical advice and help to overcome feelings of hopelessness.
Your support helps us extend a lifeline to a young person who may be considering suicide, or to someone who is concerned about a young person they know.
The story behind PAPYRUS
Initially founded in 1997 by a parent from Lancashire who had a lost a child to suicide, Jean Kerr and a small group of other parents bereaved by suicide came together through their belief that many young suicides are preventable.
Determined to prevent other parents suffering a similar pain, they began sharing their own personal experiences of loss in an effort to reduce the stigma surrounding suicide and to raise awareness of what can be done to help young people in distress.
By talking about young suicide in this way, these parents were able help other families recognise when their child may be struggling with suicidal thoughts, and crucially, to ensure early intervention to prevent further young suicides.
That is why PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide remains dedicated to listening and learning from experiences of those who have lost a child to suicide. Since Jean Kerr set up the charity in 1997, PAPYRUS has become the UK’s leading charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide prevention.
What we do
- PAPYRUS provides a national helpline; HOPELINEUK, to offer practical help and advice to those who need it by phone, email and text.
- Trains young people and those around them, providing suicide prevention skills and techniques to build resilience.
- Campaigns as a charity to prevent young suicide – such as internet safety and sensible media reporting.
- Listen and learn from young people and those bereaved by suicide.
Please support our pledge to raise as much money as possible for PAPYRUS to support their mission to prevent young suicide by bringing cash with you to the ECCCSAs on Tuesday 26 November 2019 for the collection.
For more information about this amazing charity, visit https://papyrus-uk.org/.
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