Seek help urges suicide charity

A suicide prevention charity has called on young people to watch out for each other over the festive period ahead of the seasonal spike in calls to its crisis line.

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A suicide prevention charity has called on young people to watch out for each other over the festive period

A suicide prevention charity has called on young people to watch out for each other over the festive period ahead of the seasonal spike in calls to its crisis line.

Volunteers with Papyrus say calls to the charity helpline rise by a third than compared with other times of the year, particularly from young people who feel they are not coping.

Ged Flynn, Papyrus chief executive, said: "Vulnerable young people can feel overcome by pressure to be happy at time of the year and this can push them further into a dark place of quite despair.

"They may be acting the life and soul of the party but secretly feeling a mess. Alcohol and recreational drugs can add to existing low mood and cause young people who are at risk of suicide to act impulsively.

"We tend to put our problems on the back burner at this time, hoping the break will bring solutions, but if you can't see a future, nothing is resolved."

He added: " Suicide is not the inevitable result of feeling suicidal, so if you have the slightest concern that you or a young person you know could be feeling suicidal it is vital that you seek help."

The charity, which is dedicated to preventing suicide in young people, runs a national helpline which will be open throughout the holidays on 0800 068 41 41, text 07786 209297 or by email pat@papyrus-uk.org

* For more information or to donate to the charity, please visit www.papyrus-uk.org