What we've been up to this month:

Pedaling for PAPYRUS…

After the loss of one their team members, Kyle, last August, the Salt Ayre Cog Set Cycling Club for young people in Lancaster decided that they wanted to fundraise in his memory. The result was a 24 hour bike ride with the aim of cycling the equivalent of the circumference of the globe – 18,000 miles. Starting at 10am on the 24th of June and ending at 10am on the 25th June, the day was filled with enthusiastic cyclists of all ages, including Kyle’s parents and close friends. The team and supporters managed to cycle through the night, and eventually managed to complete a massive 16,651 miles – the same as getting all the way back to Portugal. Cog Set Cycling Club have managed to raise a whopping £7,776 so far to help PAPYRUS support more young people who are struggling with thoughts of suicide.

New London office

We are delighted to announce that PAPYRUS has been able to open an office in Oxford Street, London! We are now better able to support those already working hard across the region to represent PAPYRUS. Our new address:

30 Binney Street

Mayfair

London W1K 5BQ

A colouring book with a difference

For yourself, or a gift for a friend, `The Art of a Peaceful Mind' can be purchased from our online shop for £5 (plus £2 postage and packaging): www.papyrus-uk.org/shop.  You can also download a smaller version for free from the resources section of our website, too!

PAPYRUS wins 2017 Student’s Choice Award

PAPYRUS won the Student's Choice Award at the University of Chester's annual volunteering awards, in recognition of an outstanding student volunteering experience. This was following a nomination by Lauren Cooper, a Youth Champion on our project funded by West Cheshire and Vale Royal Clinical Commissioning Groups year. PAPYRUS will continue to work closely with the University of Chester to raise awareness within the student community, as well as continuing measures undertaken by the University to upskill and train staff. (Pic 3)

PAPYRUS is 20 in 2017

20 years of preventing young suicide

With the support of the Big Lottery Fund's Celebrate! Programme, we held a series of events in Birmingham, Warrington and London for our PAPYRUS 'family': everyone who had a shared interest in preventing young suicide in the UK. Together we celebrated our achievements over the last 20 years. Together we celebrated our achievements over the last 20 years, communicated current activities, and shared our plans and what we hope to achieve in the future.

PAPYRUS launches new training course: Supporting young people through self-harm and suicide

PAPYRUS has designed a full-day training product, aimed specifically at professionals who support young people up to the age of 35. An interactive learning experience, participants will have the opportunity to take part in simulations and role-play activities to help develop their confidence and ability to support a young person. The programme has been created from a combination of interviews with young people talking frankly about their experience of selfharming, our experiences supporting young people on HOPELineUK, and recent research findings.

This product will be available from September - to find out more email training@papyrus-uk.org

Suicide Safer Communities Volunteer Project

Thank you once again to everyone who helped PAPYRUS secure vital funds from the Aviva Community Fund at the start of 2017. We were awarded £25,000 to engage with 70 volunteers, who will be trained in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) by the end of July. We will also provide support to each volunteer, who will deliver two suicide prevention activities in their community. We are pleased to have engaged a wide variety of individuals in this project, including student nurses, paramedics, housing support officers, university counsellors and chaplains.