Local MP supports initiative to reduce student suicide

May 30, 2007 6:00 PM

David Howarth, MP for Cambridge, is supporting a new suicide prevention resource for universities and colleges, launched at the House of Commons by PAPYRUS, the national charity dedicated to prevention of young suicide.

In the United Kingdom around 1,800 young people under the age of 35 take their own lives each year.

PAPYRUS has recognised for a long time that young people in higher education form a vulnerable group. Research shows that with appropriate early intervention and support, a suicidal young person can be deterred from taking that ultimate step.

THE PAPYRUS Suicide Prevention Guide for Universities and Colleges provides information for those who work with students.

David Howarth commented:

"I hope that universities and colleges will use this package to not only further awareness of suicide prevention among academic and pastoral staff, but make it widely known to anyone who had a need or responsibility in this very important area."

Anne Parry, chair of PAPYRUS, said:

"We are encouraged by the support of David Howarth. As parents with experience of suicide we know that students, along with other young people can be vulnerable particularly when in a totally new environment."

David with PAPYRUS chair Anne Parry

David meets PAPYRUS chair Anne Parry

Anyone concerned about a young person they know should never hesitate to call HOPELineUK on 0870 170 4000 or visit www.papyrus-uk.org

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