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Lunch and Learn

SP-ARK Suicide Prevention – Awareness, Resource, Knowledge. An introduction to PAPYRUS and Suicide Prevention

6th February 2024 - 12.00pm - 1.30pm

Speaker: James Parkes

Confronting the issue: Suicide in young people

In the UK, suicide stands as the leading cause of death among individuals aged 35 and under. Which is why it is vital that our sector confronts the factors that contribute to the tragic loss of young lives by suicide - together we can explore ways to prevent these outcomes and support those at risk of taking their own lives.

On the 6th February, James Parkes, the Area Manager for the England North Community Service Team at PAPYRUS, will provide invaluable insights into PAPYRUS’ expertise in suicide prevention and the promotion of positive mental health in young people.

The session will discuss their SP-ARK (Suicide Prevention – Awareness, Resource, Knowledge) method of thinking about suicide prevention, and will particularly focus on their Building Suicide-Safer Schools and Colleges guide, equipping educators with essential skills to support students facing suicidal thoughts.

Join us for an insightful discussion that aims to empower our community of professionals.


PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide, stands a beacon of hope in the field of suicide prevention. Devoted to preventing suicide and enhancing the emotional wellbeing of young people, PAPYRUS is working to shatter the stigma surrounding suicide and equip young people and their communities with the skills to recognise and respond to emotional distress..