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University student Mits Mistry lost his friend Ben to suicide in 2015, when they were both in secondary school. He shares his experience of raising awareness of young suicide and suicide prevention in the local community in Ben’s memory.

It has been over a year since our hearts broke into a million pieces when we found out Ben tragically took his own life. Not a day goes by without experiencing the heartache of him not being here anymore. For those who knew him, it was hard not to love such a bubbly, kind, loving, confident and handsome young man. We still miss him dearly – and always will.

In April 2016, Ben’s friend Joanne and dad Jason challenged friends and family to complete the Yorkshire 3 Peaks – a tough 24 mile challenge! A large number of friends and family took on the challenge together, and we received a huge amount of support. In the summer of 2016, Jason joined a number of Ben’s closest friends and ran the 10KM Great Yorkshire Run in Harrogate, a wonderful day which brought together Ben’s family and friends in support of the lads taking part.

More recently, in September 2017, the second annual Ben Craig Memorial Plate cricket game was played between Jason Craig XI and Connor Ambler XI. It was a hugely successful day, and helped to raise awareness of the help and support available to any young person who may be struggling. Once again, the village of Clayton showed its strong community spirit.

I’ve been blown away by the strength of Ben’s wonderful family, who have not only shown an immense amount of character, but have been there for Ben’s friends every step of the way too. Since Ben passed away, every day is a struggle. Only since he died have we become aware of the staggering figures around teenage suicides. No family or friendship groups should ever have to go through the pain of losing someone they love, when their death could have been prevented.

I truly believe that PAPYRUS deserve the money that has been generously donated. Providing support to those when they most need it is vital in saving young lives. To all of those who are part of the PAPYRUS community, thank you. Keep up the amazing, priceless work you do.