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					                                                   PAPYRUS
                                                 Newsletter 30
                                                 Summer 2006


                            We want your views and comments.
                  Please send your letters, articles or other contributions to:

                                                    PAPYRUS
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Please note, the views expressed in this newsletter do not, necessarily reflect those of the editorial team or of PAPYRUS
as an organisation.
Any information contained in this newsletter is intended for guidance only and is not a substitute for professional advice.
No responsibility for loss occasioned as a result of any person acting or refraining from acting because of what is written
in the newsletter can be accepted by the publisher or authors or PAPYRUS's Trustees.


                                                CO-ORDINATOR
                                                   Tony Cox

                                                        CHAIR
                                              Anne Parry - Flintshire

                                                   SECRETARY
                                               Paul Kelly – Cornwall

                                                   TREASURER
                                            Alan Murphy - Yorkshire

                                                        ADMIN
                                                  Denise Hardman

                                    HOPElineUK ADMINISTRATOR
                                             Ann Stook
                                  PATRONS
                               David Hanson MP
                              Simon Hughes MP
                       Rt Hon David Heathcoat-Amory MP

                           HONORARY ADVISER
                 Professor Mark Williams - University of Oxford

                                  TRUSTEES
                         Margaret Brunskill - Merseyside

                             Anna Brown - Yorkshire

                          Samina Hassan - Lancashire

                            Brian J Jenkins – Suffolk

                         Lincoln Lawley - Herefordshire

                         Jennie Pilsworth - Lincolnshire

                              Nicki Ray - Berkshire

                           Angela Robinson - London

                           Anita Sutcliffe – Lancashire

                          Arthur Tomlinson - Lancashire

                                  FOUNDER
                             Jean Kerr - Lancashire


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 Rossendale GH, Union Road, Rawtenstall. Rossendale. Lancashire BB4 6NE
Tel. 01706 214449                         email:admin@papyrus-uk.org

PAPYRUS is a voluntary organisation committed to the prevention of young
suicide and to the promotion of sound mental health and emotional well-being.

It was founded in 1997 by parents whose sons or daughters had taken their own
lives.

Its main aims are:

To promote an understanding of the unique contribution that parents, families
and carers can make to suicide prevention.
To promote public awareness of the importance of emotional well-being and
  good mental health.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in suicide prevention.

Membership application forms are available from our office or can be
downloaded from the website.


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From the Chair

Dear Friends
 To have been involved with PAPYRUS from the very beginning has been an
interesting exercise ! We Trustees have ventured into unknown territory – none
of us ever having been involved in setting up and running a charity before - and I
for one have had, probably, the most interesting and enriching experiences of
my life along the way.

Over the years we have been very careful to ‘not run before we can walk’ This
has had to be balanced with systematically taking the organisation forward – not
an easy thing to manage.

The result is that we are now a well established, highly respected organisation
whose services are in increasing demand and with an income which is steadily
growing year by year.

The down side is that our staffing levels and accommodation are totally
inadequate to meet our needs.

If you think you can help us I urge you to consider becoming a Trustee – we
desperately need input from people who have the commitment and expertise to
help us to take PAPYRUS forward. If you’re at all interested feel free to ring
Tony in the office for an informal chat.
For the first time ever we have been able to allocate a small budget for PR which
is so vital for publicising HOPElineUK. Recently we also appointed a fundraiser
who will work one day a week. She will concentrate mainly on submitting funding
applications to Charitable Trusts, Government departments etc.

So……..Welcome to Rosemary Vaux of Ravenstone Public Relations who is
helping us to raise our profile, and to Claire Bennett who has the challenge of
securing more funding for PAPYRUS.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Business Consultant Roy
Windley for his interest and support over the past few months.

Finally, I hope you will be able to join us at the annual Members’ Meeting and
AGM which will be held in Oxford on October 14th. We hope to have a speaker
from the Oxford Centre for Suicide Research. As last year was such a great
success we’re going to meet up once again on the Friday evening for a meal and
social get together.

See you there !!

Sincerely
Anne Parry


Rosemary Vaux explains her PR strategy:
photo
‘The overall objective of our public relations activity is to raise the profile of
PAPYRUS as the sole UK charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.
In particular our initial focus is to deliver a clear message that suicide is
preventable and to establish HOPELineUK as the first ‘port of call’ for anyone
concerned that a young person may be feeling suicidal. By increasing awareness
of the helpline, our aim is to increase the call rate, thus helping to highlight the
need for additional funding.

We have begun a comprehensive campaign to build open communication with
key media contacts in order to raise our share of voice on the subject of suicide
prevention. We are working across a broad range of disciplines that cover
medical, health, men, women, youth and parenting - including problem page and
agony aunts. As well as seeking to exploit news opportunities linked to the
release of suicide statistics and ‘anniversary’ dates such as Men’s Health Week
and World Suicide Prevention Day, we are working individually with target
publications to encourage feature editorial.

PR is not a ‘quick fix’, most effectively it is planned, deliberate, regular
communication aimed at target media to reach priority audience groups.
By delivering clear messages we aim to encourage media to feel comfortable
that suicide is an ‘OK’ subject to cover, that there needs to be more awareness of
the help that is available and that PAPYRUS leads in the prevention of young
suicide.

I value your thoughts, ideas and personal experiences that may be used to help
spread the word. I can be contacted via the PAPYRUS office.’


NEWSFLASH: HOPELineUK


Calls to the helpline have remained steady in the last quarter. A clinical
supervisor was appointed and the first group supervision session was well
received by all.
We are in the process of increasing the number of advisors to work on the
helpline. Interviews for new HOPELineUK Advisors took place on 24 th May and
three new people have been recruited.
WELCOME TO:
Eira the last of our ‘bank’ staff has now joined us as a permanent member of
staff - we would like to welcome Eira on board.
GOODBYE TO:
Elaine, who has been with us since the launch of HOPElineUK and is leaving to
take up a post as a Senior Therapist working with children and families. We will
miss her but wish her all the very best in her new position and thank her for all
her hard work.
A new administrator for HOPELineUK took up post in April. Ann Stook is looking
forward to adding value to the service and will keep you updated on the progress
of the helpline. WATCH THIS SPACE !

Photo: Tony Cox , Denise Hardman and Ann Stook

HOPElineUK is now registered with the Telephone Helplines Association.

Please keep on spreading the word…………..help us to tell everyone about
HOPElineUK



From Millie Kieve:

Founder/chair of APRIL (Adverse Psychiatric Reactions Information Link)

I was privileged to be a trustee of PAPYRUS some time ago. I could see that
some parents thought if only their child could have accessed treatment, they may
not have died. While others suspected that taking or stopping such medication
such as Roaccutane, antidepressants and the contraceptive pill may have
triggered depression, psychosis or mental turmoil that led to the death of their
loved one.

The first group may never know the answer, and the second group, will, like me,
gradually learn that there is too little research into the harms as compared to the
benefits of medicines.

Since the death of my daughter Karen in 1995, I have researched psychiatric
adverse effects and withdrawal reactions, of medicines and anaesthetics. I
founded APRIL charity in 1998.

Among the thousands of emails I have received, 100 were from girls suffering
from depression, anxiety, weeping, self harming and suicidal thoughts while
taking the anti-androgen, acne drug, Dianette. I reported these experiences to
the Committee on Safety of Medicines, now called the Medicines and Healthcare
Products Regulatory Agency. The MHRA finally responded by telling me that
they “shared my concerns” and would review Dianette.

An article, in the Guardian on May 8th led to my receiving a further 55 emails from
distressed young women, some had self harmed. One had taken an overdose of
paracetamol just 2 weeks before the Guardian article and told me how glad she
was to be still here. Never suspecting Dianette was causing her emotional
turmoil, she was now hopeful of a path to recovery. In all cases their doctors had
insisted the drug was not the cause. Many women and one man had been
prescribed antidepressants and beta blockers and had not been told to stop
taking Dianette.

Unfortunately currently most medical schools fail to teach recognition and
prevention of adverse drug reactions. Lack of research into why certain drugs
can cause depression, psychosis, anorexia, self harming, dementia and suicide
may be why this is not covered in medical schools. However knowledge about
the genetic reasons for some people being unable to cope with medicines, is
increasing. 7% of Caucasians lack the enzyme CYP 2D6 needed to metabolize
50 of the most commonly prescribed drugs, including Prozac.

Link to Guardian article
http://www.guardian.co.uk/frontpage/story/0,,1769935,00.html

www.april.org.uk     millie@april.org.uk

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Internet Campaign
PAPYRUS is in the process of drafting a leaflet aimed at parents, grandparents
and carers who may not be as proficient in the use of computers as their
children!
The leaflet will recognise the positive benefits of access to the internet but also
seek to raise awareness of its inherent dangers; it will give basic advice on
internet safety and offer sources of help to anyone who may be concerned that a
young person they know is depressed or suicidal.

We are grateful to the Persula Foundation who have donated £500 towards the
cost of printing the leaflets. We hope the leaflets will be available by September
and will be PAPYRUS's contribution to the World Suicide Prevention Day which
is on September 10th.



The draft Coroners Bill was released in June.
This follows a two year review conducted by the Home Office Review Team
under the chairmanship of Tom Luce. Many PAPYRUS members contributed at
the consultation stage.

The draft Bill can be found at
http://www.coroner.org.uk/public/ann.asp?fold=docs&id=113 together with the
response of the Coroners Society.




Welcome to the seventh update on the RaPSS Project

We have been working on the project for just over two years and we are now
entering the final six months of the research. It is good to know that through this
newsletter, some of you have been able to follow the journey of RaPSS since the
beginning. Since the last update, we have been working hard to increase the
numbers of people taking part in the study. Interviewing is still taking place as we
are keen to ensure that as many families as possible are given an opportunity to
add their voices to the research. Nevertheless, while active recruitment is
continuing, the data collection phase of the research is beginning to wind down
and we are starting to shift our attention towards identifying findings. We are
already aware from conversations with university staff of the anticipation within
the university sector which surrounds the forthcoming report and, although our
date of publication is November this year, we have already had a number of
requests for copies of the report.

In preparation for writing the report we are about to start the analysis phase. As
some of you who have participated in the research will be aware, after each
interview, the recording of the conversation is transcribed into a written format.
The interviews we have carried out vary in length but most are between 1-3
hours long and this transcribes into about 50-100 pages of standard size text. As
we have now interviewed 64 people for the study, you can imagine we have
amassed a significant amount of data, all currently safely stored in a cabinet in
our office.

As the project has progressed we have carried out some preliminary work briefly
analysing the interviews, some of these initial findings were shared with
PAPYRUS members at the last AGM. Analysis is undertaken in the light of the
literature review which has been on-going throughout the research and has been
updated with new relevant articles identified over the life of the study. In order to
be as responsive to the experiences that people have shared with us in
interviews, we endeavour to be as open as possible to all the themes and
patterns that are contained within the data. We are therefore reluctant to make
any assumptions at this stage about what the outcomes of our analysis will be.
However we are confident, given our knowledge of existing data in this field, that
our data represents a very valuable opportunity to provide new insights into
student suicide. In addition, our unique case study approach provides multiple
perspectives on student suicide which may be relevant for the study of young
suicide in general.

While carrying out our analysis we will be meeting with members of PAPYRUS to
ensure that we provide PAPYRUS with findings and ideas which can continue to
be developed by the organisation after the main body of the research has been
completed. As yet, the format of this continuing work has not been decided upon,
however we will have further details in the next issue of the newsletter when the
project will be almost complete.

We are also thinking about how we can ensure that the research achieves as big
an impact as possible and, in order to raise wider awareness of the project, an
abstract representing some of our early work has been reviewed and accepted at
the 11th European Symposium on Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour to be held in
September. This represents an important opportunity for the work of RaPSS and
PAPYRUS as an organisation to be represented in an international forum and it
provides a useful opening to advertise the forthcoming final report.

Also in preparation for the launch of the final report, we have been continuing to
make contact with relevant persons in the academic sector and within the wider
community. As part of this process, we attended a recent seminar at the House
of Commons hosted by Linda Heathcoat-Amory and the Child Bereavement
Trust. The aim of the seminar was to draw attention to the impact of suicide on
families. It was attended both by representatives with a personal loss and by
those with a professional interest in young suicide. This dual focus was extremely
useful in highlighting the effects of young suicide on individuals and the impact
that it can have on those left behind, whilst also illuminating the national context
from an academic perspective. The event provided the RaPSS team with an
opportunity to meet some key figures within the suicide field and to catch up with
some familiar faces from PAPYRUS. It also provided us with useful information
for our own expert seminar which will be held in King’s College London in
October to discuss the issues around developing systems for recording numbers
of students who die from suicide while studying at university.

In the next issue of the newsletter there will be an update on our seminar and the
outcomes of our analysis. If in the meantime you would like to contact the
researchers either regarding an interview or about any views you may have on
the research itself please contact Sharon@rapss.org.uk (01772 893407) or
Jo@rapss.org.uk phone (01482 463354).


Sharon Mallon, RaPSS Researcher, 13.06.06.
_______________________________________________________________________

Building Bridges

I was asked to give a presentation to the Bury (Lancashire) branch of the
Samaritans at their AGM on the 27th of April. Prior to the start of the meeting I
gave out our ‘Getting to Know You’ leaflets so that those attending would know
something about us beforehand.

It was interesting to me that when the Mayor gave his short address he explained
how he was involved in providing help to a group of deprived young people in the
community and had asked them what they felt would benefit them most. To his
surprise, and I must admit to mine, the group requested a bereavement
counsellor. Thus reaffirming how much need there is for reaching vulnerable
youngsters.

I got a clear message from some of the younger element of the Bury Samaritans
that things are changing and that the present Chairman and Committee are
anxious to reach out and get more involved in ‘hands on policy’ with local
schools.

When I was introduced by the Chairman as their guest speaker, despite being a
little nervous in a room full to overflowing, I was able - with the help of a prompt
sheet from the office - to take on the full house ! I followed the script with a few
variations added as I felt fit.

I explained how our helpline HOPElineUK differed from Samaritans’ and about
the resources we have in Wrexham, of the qualified staff we employ and the
continual need for funding. How unique we are as an organisation by having first
hand experience of this terrible waste of life due to suicide.
I spoke about the work of YoungPAPYRUS and how essential it is to learn from
a younger element – we must listen to what they have to say.

Finally in the general question and answer session I had the opportunity to
express my views on the necessity to segregate young people admitted to
Psychiatric Units from older patients, the impact suicide has on the family, the
importance of early intervention and the need to encourage young men to seek
help at the earliest opportunity.

The presentation left the Branch in no doubt about us and of the possibility of
working in co-operation with each other.

Arthur Tomlinson
photo
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Suicide/Self-harm Awareness For Everyone; Directory of Services


A pocket-sized directory was recently launched by the Dumfries and Galloway
Choose Life steering group to signpost people experiencing suicidal feeling or
feelings of distress or despair to local and national sources of support. The
Directory is available from GP practices, leisure centres, cinemas, housing
services and many other public places across Dumfries and Galloway.

Feedback from consultation identified a need for an additional resource in a
format more suitable for young people and work will soon begin with local young
people to develop this.

For further information or a copy of the Directory please telephone Laura
Fairbairn on 01387 272731 or email laura.Fairbairn@nhs.net.



Anna Brown reports on some of the events she has been to:
See Beyond the Label

Young Minds launched this exciting training manual for those working with young
people who self-harm on June 12th 2006 in London. The aim was to ensure that
young people who self-harm are involved, supported, and that both facts and
attitudes are addressed. The process involves 5 key days:
     1. A training day bringing staff and young people who self harm together
     2. Exploring young people’s attitudes
     3. Exploring staff attitudes
     4. Agreeing the components of a local self-harm protocol
   5. Signing up to the protocol – identifying tools that will make it a living
      document

   The Camelot Foundation report on responding to young people who self-harm
   will be published in July ‘06 with a ‘Virtual Self-harm Network’ with a
   £1/2million investment.

   PAPYRUS looks forward to the development of this work and how it will
   impact on the emotional well being of young people and meet the needs of
   those at risk of suicide.

Sheffield Suicide Prevention Conference
This event was aimed at shared learning, information and developing good
practice to progress suicide prevention in Sheffield, hosted by the South East
Sheffield Primary Care Trust. All those in health, social care, community or
educational settings including users and carers were invited, resulting in about
130 delegates.

Key note speakers included the Coroner who outlined inquest changes resulting
in narrative verdicts, which describe the circumstances of a person’s death rather
than a word such as ‘Open’, for all deaths resulting from self-harm. Those
involved usually appreciated the ‘findings’ rather than a categorisation, but this in
future could result in less clarity with regard to suicide statistics. If the
‘courtroom’ process was changed media intrusion may be reduced. Families
need a full opportunity to be heard.

Alison Moore, Fellow of the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, spoke about risk
assessment. She highlighted the need to work on maintaining hope and
resilience, developing strengths and reasons for staying alive. She advocated
asking direct questions about suicidal intent in order to assess risk.

In my workshop I covered the role of families, peers and carers in suicide
prevention. Delegates were very receptive to our literature and to hearing about
HOPELineUK.

The Sheffield Team have made a realistic drive to involve a wide range of people
in suicide prevention; hopefully the results will enable more effective
interventions for those at risk.


Helping young people cope with suicidal feelings, thoughts and behaviours

The Association for Professionals in Service for Adolescence (APSA) hosted this
event in Leicester on 28th February ‘06 with Pavilion Conferences, and speaking
on PAPYRUS’s role I once again used the occasion to promote HopeLineUK. A
copy of the presentation is available in Rapport Magazine.

The www.studentdepression.org web site - sponsored by the Charlie Waller
Memorial Trust - was outlined by the developer Denise Meyer. This excellent
site is easy to navigate, student friendly and has been well validated. The
success stories from students and the practical tasks are a useful aid for young
people, supported by good illustrations. *see below

David Wilkins from The Men’s Health Forum outlined a strategic approach to
preventing suicide in young men. The presentation focused on acknowledging
the emotional needs of this group, concentrating resources where risk was
heightened, and using community wide support systems.
This was an excellent event, which was well attended. PAPYRUS is pleased to
be working with APSA. Full information available on www.apsa-web.info

Copies of Anna’s full reports can be obtained from our office.

*   Michael Lord of the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust tells us that they have
decided to fund the start-up costs of the nurse training package under
development at the University of Northampton. The launch date is now January
2007.
In addition they have also joined up with YoungMinds to jointly fund a Schools
Outreach Worker for a period of 2 years. The Worker will be based with
YoungMinds and will seek to train key staff in schools in the early recognition of
mental health disorders and, to a lesser extent, make direct contact with young
people in schools, youth clubs etc. The intention is to link in with their Waller
Fellows and hopefully CAMHS staff to widen the net and present a consistent
message. The worker will also increase accessibility of written information to
young people. They hope to recruit by the end of 2006.

Michael will be speaking about the work of the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust in
our Members’ Meeting on October 14th

 NATIONAL MEN'S HEALTH WEEK
The third week of June was NMHW. This important event is in it's 7th year and
this year it focused on mental wellbeing. It is organised by the Mens’ Health
Forum - a charity set up in 1994 to promote the health of men and boys
in England and Wales, and has won awards for reaching men with essential
health information, acknowledging that men in general do not like going to see
their GP.
    Of the various events held during the week, PAPYRUS, as a partner and
sponsor, was particularly involved in a major conference entitled "MIND YOUR
HEAD" which was held at the Wembley Conference Centre. Our patron, David
Heathcoat-Amory MP, chaired a workshop on suicide prevention and our trustee
Angela Robinson was one of the two guest speakers.
    We also contributed to the HAYNES BRAIN MANUAL – particularly to the
section on suicide and suicide prevention. This marvellous manual is produced
by Haynes at cost and is produced along the same lines as their car manuals. It
contains authoritative information on mental wellbeing written in a most amusing
and readable style. Mens Health Forum and Haynes must be congratulated on
the production of their various manuals over the last 6 years – each highlighting
different aspects of mens’ health.
    Finally, trustee Anita Sutcliffe representing PAPYRUS, attended the All Party
Group on Mens Health at the House of Commons.
   This was a useful week in particular for raising the awareness of mens’ mental
health problems, and the need for men to be able to ask for help in the various
aspects of their lives.

     If you would like a free copy of the HAYNES BRAIN MANUAL - a very
useful book particularly for young men - please send a stamped addressed
envelope to our office. The envelope needs to be 9"by12" and the postage is
£3.49.
Any further contributions, of course, would be gratefully received.
                                                      Lincoln Lawley
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Letters

I had been given your web site details by a friend several months ago, and sadly
have just got around to logging on to it.

I must say what a fantastic site with so much valuable information. I have printed
off most of the items and shall be pleased to give this information to anyone that I
feel it would be useful to.

I have a son myself who is now 26 and has made two attempts to commit
suicide. The last 12 years have been horrendous trying to get any help for him
and for us, and the worst part of all being that professionals just do not take
things seriously. I can relate to several points in the Hindsight Summary Report
and find it so frustrating that so many people are suffering in this way.

One very big example for me was when I attended my son's G.P. with him after
his first attempt. The G.P. asked my son 'if he had any more thoughts of killing
himself' without even taking his eyes off his computer. It had to be seen to be
believed. It leaves parents with a huge responsibility for their children's safety
when there is no support from others who we feel will know the answers and help
us as parents.
I have a lot of contact with parents whose children are using drugs or alcohol and
this information will be especially useful to many of them, so Thank You for
having such a wonderful Charity and to be MAKING A DIFFERENCE.

Sue H
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Margaret Brunskill attended a media awareness seminar at the Palace Hotel,
Manchester on March 21st. The trainer was Terry Williams, Media in Mind and
Shift Stigma North West media co-ordinator.

Terry was a speaker at our PAPYRUS AGM in 2004. The main issue was the
importance of working with the local media and what we, as members of
PAPYRUS, could do – such as monitoring the media, building relationships with
journalists and letter writing. Other items discussed were writing a press release,
handling an interview, and – very importantly – what to do if things go wrong.
The seminar was a good learning experience.

I was invited to stay on for the business meeting which followed.
This was a meeting of the Shift Stigma North West Advisory Group to discuss the
outcomes of the project and the way forward.

On 25th March I attended the National Union of Journalists Annual Conference at
the Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool. There was a Shift Stigma display stand where we
were able to publicise PAPYRUS and also plenty of networking opportunities.
The purpose of the stand was to inform journalists about the Shift Stigma
Campaign both nationally and in the North West.

I appreciated the opportunity to be involved in both events and would like to
thank Terry Williams for his continued interest and support of PAPYRUS.

PAPYRUS’ Media Guidelines are available from the office or can be downloaded
from our website. We strongly recommend that you read these before becoming
involved with the media.

Marcus Lyth-Lawley reflects on his input into a suicide seminar held in the House
of Commons on May 22nd

There were around 8 speakers, some speaking about their personal experiences,
and some speaking from a professional standpoint. Linda Heathcoat-Amory
particularly gave an incredibly emotional speech - I don't think there was a dry
eye in the room. Some of the surviving families had been involved in setting up
trusts to help depressed young people which had done some very effective
things, and others mentioned existing campaigns such as CALM

The professionals were sensitive in acknowledging their lack of personal
experience, and in particular the psychologist was very interesting and gave me
a lot of food for thought regarding how people frequently use guilt as a way of
ascribing causality to something they don't understand - guilt being preferable to
the    apparent     inexplicability of   the    suicide    for    most    people.

I thought I'd just try to provide a personal 3rd party perspective, since that didn't
seem to be something that was going to be covered by anyone else.

I commented that as a sibling it's natural to feel protective towards your parents
and to feel annoyed at someone who you perceive as ruining their lives. I used
as an example a friend with a severely anorexic elder sister of 35 or so, where
my friend now doesn't talk to his sister at all as he is unable to stop himself
becoming destructively angry with her because of her 'selfishness'. Obviously he
recognises that this is illogical, but that doesn't mean he can change his
behaviour. I wondered if sometimes siblings could feel guilty that they were
unable to interact positively with the person who, for all they were suffering an
illness which was in no way their fault, is nevertheless making everyone else
(who     may    actually    all   have    their    own      problems)   miserable.

I mentioned how PAPYRUS initiatives such as HOPELineUK could really help
with this feeling of not being able to help by providing a resource for people
worried about someone else committing suicide.
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                   Joint Suicide Prevention Network Launch

      The South East Development Centre (SEDC) held a Conference in London
in March 2006 to launch their Suicide Prevention/Mental Health Promotion
Network They wished to raise awareness that much more could be done in the
region to promote mental health and prevent suicide. They detailed a number of
recommendations for national, regional and local bodies to action and a full
report is available from the SEDC (01256 3769394)

      The Conference also offered the opportunity for Dr. Philip Brooks and Dr
Martin Anderson to update on suicide statistics in the area and to draw attention
to some of the developments taking place throughout the country in mental
health promotion and suicide prevention.

     Several of the projects that have been funded through the Centre also
offered progress reports. Three of them were grouped under the heading of Hard
to Reach groups and included No Limits, providing a centre in Southampton and
targeting young men between 16 and 25. A second Hard to Reach group were
the young Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender population in Brighton and
support was being offered to them as part of the Mindout Campaign combating
the stigma attached to mental ill-health. In West Sussex figures have shown that
the highest rise in the suicide rate is amongst men over the age of 40. This
reflects the ageing population in this county resulting in a focus on them by it's
Suicide Prevention group.

       The Conference heard of the comprehensive protocols in A&E for following
up on those making suicide attempts, put in place by the Guildford and Waverley
PCT. Finally there was an update on the roll-out training programme, ASIST
(Applied Suicide Intervention Skills) on offer to a wide group of people who may
find themselves in a situation where they could intervene to attempt to prevent a
suicide.

      The SEDC have decided no longer to hold meetings of their Suicide
Prevention group as its members were too widely scattered over a large area but
to set up the Network to keep all those who were part of it informed of
developments and progress in the area
Andrea Linell

In brief

Olwyn Bloor and Anne Parry have been to a first meeting in Rivendell, New Hall
Prison, Wakefield to start the ball rolling regarding the production of another
resource for use in Young Offender Institutions( YOIs). Our first booklet for YOIs
- ‘Need to Talk ?’ -targets young men: the next one will be for young women in
prison. Many thanks to the staff at New Hall for their warm reception.

Following our application for a slot on the Radio 4 Appeal Lincoln Lawley and
Nicki Ray attended a briefing meeting at the BBC. Subsequently PAPYRUS has
been allocated a broadcast slot on January 7th 2007.

In May Tony Cox and Anne Parry led a workshop at a Pavilion conference in
Manchester which was based on the book ‘New Approaches to Preventing
Suicide’. This book contains a chapter about PAPYRUS.

Arthur Tomlinson attended the launch of the East Lancashire Suicide Prevention
Strategy on June 27th at Accrington Town Hall. Copies of the strategy are
available from our office.

By the time you read this our team – which includes Trustees Angela Robinson
and Brian Jenkins - will have completed the British 10K London Run. It’s still not
too late to sponsor them !!

Members’ Meeting and AGM

Where ? Headington Hill Hall, Oxford-Brookes University, Oxford.
When ? Saturday October 14th 2006
Fundraising and Donations

Cabaret time at Breightmet Labour Club
photo
‘These are the children who danced in the charity performance held in memory of
Dean Worswick. The purpose was to raise money for PAPYRUS. All the kids
enjoyed it very much and we hope that we can continue to raise money for your
fantastic charity!
 Regards,
Vicky, Justine, Laura (The dance teachers)’


Poor old Jeremy Clarkson trying to keep this lot in order during the very
successful quiz night organised by the Braddell family and held on March 11th at
the Dragon School, Oxford photo


Thank you to:
Papyrus-in-the Marches (PiMs)
Mrs Hilary Fowler and The Pampered Chef
Lynn Shevill and friends
The Braddell family
Martin & Bridget Wilson
Dens Road School
Don Lawson and sponsors
The organisers of the Foolish Hooley
F Hudson
Simon and Emma Haggas and friends
The Lewis Edwards Memorial Fund
Margaret Hepburn
Michell Grant
Mr & Mrs Beckmann
Market Axess

….and many others, too many to mention individually, who have made donations
or raised funds for PAPYRUS

A special thanks to those who made donations in memory of Jim Chaston, Dean
Worswick and Daniel Spencer. Also to Fiona Ewen and the family and friends of
her late son.

				
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