Young Suicide: Listen and Learn

PAPYRUS the national suicide prevention charity held their annual conference in York

With the theme ‘listening and learning in suicide prevention’ PAPYRUS the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide is holding its annual members’ conference and AGM in York on Saturday, 1st October.

“Most of the 1,600 plus young people who take their own lives each year in the UK are not known to services: they are in ordinary families, outside the radar of mental health services, clinical practice or pastoral care; most are not known to mental health services,” said Ged Flynn, PAPYRUS. Chief Executive.

“We are currently looking at how we can learn more about the majority of young people - to prevent them from being part of tomorrow’s suicide statistics. In this way we want to promote the wellbeing of young people and the idea that all of us can help prevent young suicide.”

The conference agenda will include feedback from the charity’s ‘Listen and Learn’ programme: interviews with young people themselves and others who have been affected by the loss of a young person by suicide, as well as opportunities for delegates to contribute.

“If you have been affected by the suicide of a son, daughter, partner, brother, sister, friend or colleague, or have a general interest in the mental wellbeing of young people, and would like to learn more about how you can help us prevent other young people killing themselves, please join us for this day,” invited Ged.

The conference takes place at The National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, York from 11 am to 4 pm, with coffee served from 10 am. Refreshments and buffet lunch included. There is a nominal fee of £10 per person payable on the day. Please book in advance by calling Deborah Melia 01925 572 444 or email

PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide, offering support and practical advice to young people worried about themselves and others concerned about them. At its helpline HOPELineUK - 0800 068 41 41 - trained professionals discuss in confidence how to cope - what to say and do to help overcome suicidal feelings, where to access additional help. You should never hesitate to call.
For more information on PAPYRUS visit email or call 01925 572 444.

Editorial contact for more information:

Rosemary Vaux at PAPYRUS press office
Direct line 020 8943 5343 mobile 07792 72 62 41

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