Stephen joined PAPYRUS in 2009 following the death of his 26-year old son Christopher and became Chairman in 2010.
Stephen was senior prison governor for over 30 years before taking early retirement after the death of Christopher.
“My son, Christopher, died in January 2011. He had Crohn’s disease and Asperger’s Syndrome. He was a kind and loving man, greatly missed. I have a Master’s degree in Neurophysiology, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology as well as a law degree and a post graduate legal qualification.
I have legal experience in divorce, criminal and company law. Currently, I work as a social researcher; after Christopher’s death I stopped legal work. I have recently recommenced as a legal representative for an immigration firm.”
Don is a Church Leader, based in Wells, Somerset. Don joined PAPYRUS following the loss of his son, Dave, to suicide in November 2011. Don has a particular interest in our information sharing and confidentiality campaign.
Helen lost her older sister Cath to suicide in November 1996 and has been supporting PAPYRUS since early 2000. As part of PAPYRUS Helen aims to help others understand the importance of talking and learning about suicide and highlights the need for people to be trained in suicide prevention.
Harry was a headteacher of a London school for 26 years before retiring in December 2015, following the death of his 25 year old son, Patrick. He became a trustee of PAPYRUS in 2016.
Sarah is a Registered General Nurse with 25 years’ experience. She worked as a Neonatal Nurse over the last 17 years prior to moving to The University of Salford where she is now a Neonatal Lecturer within the Midwifery Team.
Sarah became involved with PAPYRUS in 2013 after the loss of her 14-year-old son Ben to suicide.
Tony is from Darwen in Lancashire and lost his only child Vicky to suicide in 2010. Tony became a member of PAPYRUS in 2012 and has been raising awareness and funds ever since. He campaigns to raise awareness of suicide and to help shatter the myths and stigma through both local and national press. Tony also sits on the Blackburn with Darwen Suicide Prevention Strategy Group.
Sangeeta joined PAPYRUS following the loss of her son, Saagar, to suicide in 2014. She is a Consultant Anaesthetist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
Sangeeta is a committed advocate for mental health and suicide prevention issues, raising awareness and breaking stigma through writing blogs and articles, speaking on radio and TV as well as addressing public gatherings. She is also an educator for communities that care for young people, teaching early recognition of mental illness and early intervention.
Annessa, a qualified Mental Health Nurse, has worked in mental health for many years. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in mental health at Northumbria University. Annessa is particularly keen to see suicide prevention being an essential part of pre-registration nurse training.
She has been a mental health nurse for over 33 years and has worked in a variety of settings and organisations in both mental health and community providers as well as within specialised commissioning. She is passionate about working closely with people who have mental health issues and their families to support better outcomes.
Marie feels privileged to be able to work as a Trustee for PAPYRUS to reduce young suicide and its impact on families in whatever way she can. Marie has 4 children aged between 18-26 years and lives in Birmingham.
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