PAPYRUS - prevention of young suicide: Pride Entry

Raise the entry fee for Birmingham Pride 2015 so a group of volunteers can walk the parade to promote PAPYRUS & help prevent young suicide.

Project aim

Raise the entry fee for Birmingham Pride 2015 so a group of volunteers can walk the parade to promote PAPYRUS & help prevent young suicide.

About the project

 

Every year over 1600 young people take their own lives in the UK. Many thousands more contemplate suicide; many harm themselves or suffer alone, afraid to speak openly about how they are feeling.

The LGBT community are considered a 'high risk' group when it comes to incidences of young suicide and suicidal behaviour. When I signed up to volunteer as a Young People's Champion I was determined to promote PAPYRUS within the gay community - to let those that struggle with these feelings know that they are not alone, there are people that want to listen; to hear your stories and ultimately help to keep you safe!

The Birmingham Pride Parade is an ideal opportunity to raise awareness of PAPYRUS and their HOPELineUK crisis line within the LGBT community. Unfortunately this year the organisers have had to raise their entry fees due to budget cuts and so I need to raise £150 in order to enter a team of volunteers to walk the parade. As a young gay woman that has already lost a friend to suicide within the last year, this project means a lot to me - and if walking the parade helps to prevent just ONE young LGBT person from taking their own life it will have been worth it.

PAPYRUS's mission is to reduce the number of young suicides by shattering the stigma around suicide and equipping young people and their communities with the skills to recognise and respond to suicidal behaviour. PAPYRUS exists to give young people hope and to prevent young suicide by:

  • providing confidential support and advice to young people and anyone worried about a young person via HOPELineUK – a national helpline, including text and email services, run by mental health professionals

  • working with and training professionals and volunteers – we offer a range of training, including ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) to raise awareness and teach people the skills to recognise people at risk and provide immediate and effective help

  • campaigning and influencing national policy

  • recruiting volunteers via our ‘Young People’s Champions Forum’ projects to organise, co-ordinate and deliver at least two suicide prevention activities within their chosen community

More information about PAPYRUS prevention of young suicide is available at www.papyrus-uk.org.