This December I am organising a HopeWalk , to raise money and awareness for the suicide prevention charity, PAPYRUS.
All sponsers and donations will go directly to PAPRYUS.
This is an open event, everyone is welcome to join in.
Both the start point and finish of the route have access to public transport (bus and trains).
Suicide prevention is something hugely important to me.
Within the last year I have personally had the unfortunate task of dealing with the loss of two close friends , which has been tough to say the least.
Grief is something everyone will experience, but bereavement by suicide hits harder. Knowing that someone was struggling so much that they saw no other option.
Suicide is the biggest killer of young people in the UK.
PAPYRUS are a charity organisation who create a safe space for those struggling.
-Their vision is for a society which speaks openly about suicide and has the resources to help young people who may have suicidal thoughts.
-They exist to reduce the number of young people who take their own lives by shattering the stigma around suicide and equipping young people and their communities with the skills to recognise and respond to suicidal behaviour.
Every donation to PAPRYUS helps fund another life saving phone call , training program or counciling session.
Every donation helps to save a life.
For those struggling with suicidal thoughts, Christmas can be a lonely time of year.
Winter is cold and dark and therefore can enhance the impact of seasonal depression.
Christmas can be a reminder of the stuggles in life - the lack of money , the desire for love , a need for warmth and to be accepted.
For those struggling with grief, Christmas can be a tough time of year.
Christmas is a time for family, for celebration and for giving - but when you've lost someone (no matter how) , Christmas can be a reminder of the loss and can create an overwhelming situation.
Therefore I have decided that Christmas would be the perfect time of year to do something to raise money and awareness for PAPYRUS whilst also lifting the spirits of those grieving AND give a safe, welcoming environment for those struggling.
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Suicide is the biggest killer of young people under 35 in the UK. PAPYRUS is the national charity for the prevention of young suicide and believes that many young suicides are preventable. They operate HOPELINEUK, a confidential call, text, and email helpline for young people with thoughts of suicide or those concerned about a young person who may have thoughts of suicide. Every £5 raised can help pay for a potentially life-saving contact to HOPELINEUK from a young person wanting to stay safe from their thoughts of suicide. Thank you.