New campaign bids to prevent suicide by sharing stories

Papyrus’ ‘To my Fellow’ initiative is a series of 10 short films, illustrating how widely suicide can be felt and how significantly talking can help

A young people’s suicide prevention charity, Papyrus, has launched a video campaign to help demonstrate how many people are affected when someone takes their own life.

‘To my Fellow’ is a series of 10 short films (more are slated to be added as the initiative continues) featuring a range of people – including parents, siblings and friends – who have either lost loved ones to suicide or helped support someone who has attempted to end their life.

In the midst of sharing their reflections on grief and loss, they explain the importance of talking openly and honestly about the issue.

“These are the stories of the bereaved, those who have had thoughts of suicide, those who have tried to take their own lives and those who have supported loved ones who are struggling with life,” said Ged Flynn, chief executive of Papyrus.

“Everyone’s story is different. When you watch and listen you will be struck by the pain and devastation of lives lost to suicide.

“The videos illustrate that suicide doesn’t discriminate. People of all ages, race, gender and background are susceptible to suicidal thought and behaviour.”

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The films – which can all be viewed here – also carry a message of hope, such as the story told by Helen, whose teenage daughter began ideating suicide in her teens, before going on to attain a degree and embarking on a professional career.

“The videos emphasise the need for us all to talk about suicide, to open up and create safe places where our children and young people can share their thoughts and fears,” added Flynn.

“We need to be having open and honest conversations, reassuring them that they are supported, that they don’t need to struggle alone and they can reach out for help.”

HOPELINEUK is the Papyrus’ confidential helpline service, providing practical advice and support to young people with thoughts of suicide, as well as anyone concerned about a young person who may have thoughts of taking their life. Free, confidential and practical advice is available every day from 9am-midnight by calling 0800 068 4141, texting 07860 039967, or emailing

Free support is also available around the clock, 365 days a year, by calling Samaritans on 116 123. Alternatively, a wide range of assistance can be found on the NHS help for suicidal thoughts webpages.

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