Four years ago I celebrated the first birthday of Papyrus- Suicide Prevention and last week I returned to celebrate it’s 5th together with the Birmingham Lord Mayor, those affected by loss, and the inspirational volunteers and staff of the charity. Suicide remains the biggest killer of young people under 35 in the UK. Papyrus believes rightly many young suicides can be prevented and works passionately to reach out.
The event was a celebration with cake and song of the difference Papyrus has made directly helping young people through their campaigns, support and their suicide prevention advice line HopelineUK. Together they are also breaking the stigma of talking about mental health through the sharing our journeys and the simple message that it is okay to not be okay.
While sad that we need charities like Papyrus, it was great to support the work that so many kindhearted and inspirational people do to help others in their times of need, and celebrate the difference they have made to them and their loved ones.