is a UK charity committed to suicide prevention, focusing
predominantly on the emotional well-being of children,
teenagers and young adults. We offer the general public
and professionals alike, the requisite resources
and support to help prevent suicide and improve mental
health in young people. While preventing youth suicide is our primary focus, our concern in preventing suicide encompasses all age groups.
The main aims of PAPYRUS are:
1. To promote an understanding of the unique contribution
that parents, families and carers can make to suicide
a. providing assistance to parents and others, in a
caring or professional role, in supporting vulnerable
b. being represented in policy making decisions at all
levels and monitoring their implementation.
c. encouraging, initiating and taking part in the development
of learning opportunities for all.
d. encouraging, taking part and/or initiating research
into suicide prevention.
e. campaigning for adequate mental health services for
young people, and an easily accessible route to such
help on an informal basis.
2. To promote public awareness of the importance of
emotional well-being and sound mental health by:
a. promoting awareness of the risk of mental or emotional
distress during adolescence and throughout life, and
helping to remove the stigma of such occurrences.
b. encouraging the promotion of emotional well-being
and sound mental health, in all levels of education.
c. co-operating with professional and voluntary bodies
working in the suicide prevention field.
d. encouraging and disseminating examples of good practice
in suicide prevention.
e. encouraging the provision of appropriate support,
either voluntary or professional, for those bereaved
PAPYRUS was founded in 1997 by a group of parents who
had lost children through suicide. No longer just a
parents group, our
membership now includes, relatives, friends and professionals
from the health and education sectors – including
psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, teachers and
carers concerned with youth suicide prevention –
as well as members from voluntary and statutory organisations.
Our logo represents the papyrus flower. Since papyrus was used as an early 'writing paper’,
it seemed to be an appropriate symbol for an organisation
which encourages all forms of open communication. Significantly,
the papyrus plant was used by the Egyptians to symbolise
youth, joy and eternal life.
PAPYRUS' governing documents – the memorandum
and articles of association – are held at our
registered UK office:
Rossendale GH, Union Road, Rawtenstall. Lancs. BB4 6NE.
Copies are available on request.
Registered Charity No. 1070896. Company No. 3555482
our office or please call us on 01706 214449