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Highlighting Papyrus and the prevention of young suicide 23

Recognising the story told in Romeo and Juliet, we are highlighting the work of Papyrus, a national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. Suicide is the biggest killer of young people under 35 in the UK. Every year thousands more attempt or contemplate suicide, harm themselves or suffer alone, afraid to speak openly about how they are feeling.

Each year, over 200 school aged children are lost to suicide.

Papytrus was founded in 1997 by Jean Kerr, a mother from Lancashire, following the loss of her son to suicide. The charity exists 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.

They provide confidential support and advice to children and young people under the age of 35 struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person, through their confidential helpline, HOPELINEUK.

How to contact HOPELINEUK (available every day, 9am – midnight):

Call: 0800 068 4141

Text: 07860 039967


To find out more about their work, and ways that you can support, visit

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