Grahame Morris MP is raising awareness of an emergency appeal being launched by PAPYRUS, the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.
Suicide is the biggest killer of young people – male and female – under 35 in the UK.
For twenty-three years, the charity has been working to reduce the number of young people who take their own lives by destroying the stigma around suicide, and equip young people and their communities with the skills to recognise and respond to suicidal behaviour.
The emergency appeal is raising awareness of the charity’s phone service HOPELINEUK. The service offers free and confidential advice, and is available to children or young people under the age of 35 who are experiencing suicidal thoughts, or for anyone concerned about a young person.
PAPYRUS has revealed that 90% of calls to HOPELINE UK currently mention Covid-19. The charity is mindful of the significant impact of the pandemic on the mental health of young people, and is aware that this impact will continue to be felt long after the current crisis abates.
The Easington MP said, “It’s very important that young people, and anyone who might be concerned about a young person, know about the HOPELINEUK service that PAPYRUS offers. The charity is providing invaluable resources to support the mental health of young people in these unprecedented circumstances.”