Papyrus offer help, advice and support to young people with suicidal thoughts and their friends and family.
Harry Biggs-Davison is a Trustee at the charity and became involved shortly after losing his 25 year old son, Patrick to suicide in 2015. Harry, says: “Suicide is indiscriminate. It cuts across all branches of society, it can happen to any family at any time.
“Patrick was a good looking, intelligent boy, but with a range of issues. He suffered from frustration and depression, but it was still a great shock when he took his own life.
“After his death, we discovered he had self-referred to a local mental health unit a few months before and was seeking help. He told them he felt suicidal and that his life was a waste of time. Sadly the mental health care workers did not take him seriously. He was discharged, decreed a low suicide risk and died within a matter of weeks.”
After attending a support group for parents bereaved by suicide, Harry and his family were put in touch with Papyrus.
Through Big Lottery funding, Papyrus realised their ambition of meeting more of their members with a series of events in Warrington, Birmingham and London.
Future events will increase their outreach with plans to roll the roadshows out across the UK.
Papyrus Chief Executive, Ged Flynn, says: “The Celebrate events enabled people to come together, to weep if they wanted to, laugh if they wanted to, and everything in between. They were game changing events furthering our life-saving work. They enabled us to bring our founding families together with those newly bereaved by suicide, to learn how they can help raise awareness across their communities and demonstrate how, with support, young suicide can be prevented."