CWU Members Get On Their Bikes For Prevention Of Youth Suicide Charity

Knight Rider Liverpool Charity Bike Ride in Aid of PAPYRUS

CWU NW Reps Pauline McAvoy and Brian Parsons (and maybe a couple of late comers) will be embarking on a 100 km Charity Bike ride around Liverpool on the night of 15th July 2017 in aid of the Charity PAPYRUS (PREVENTION OF YOUNG SUICIDES).

Some of you may recall the debate at conference calling for support for the excellent work Papyrus do and the help it gives young people contemplating suicide, which is on the increase:

General Conference Motion 9 makes for stark reading in terms of the latest suicide statistics amongst those under 35 years of age:

9 Suicide is the biggest killer of young people –
male and female – under 35 in the UK. In 2014, 597 young people between
the ages of 10 and 24 took their own lives. Under the age of 35, the number
rose to 1,556. That equates to over four per day. Every year many thousands
more attempt or contemplate suicide, harm themselves or suffer alone, afraid
to speak openly about how they are feeling.

It is known that LGBT teens and young adults have one of the highest rates
of suicide attempts: from pain caused by actual bullying, stigma, harassment
and the mental distress caused through the fear of perceived reactions and
judgements, by those who are usually of a younger age and are struggling to
come to terms with their own sexuality.

Papyrus are the national charity for the prevention of young suicide:

they deliver awareness and prevention training, provide confidential support
and suicide intervention through HOPELineUK, campaign and influence national
policy, and empower young people to lead suicide prevention activities in their
own communities.

Conference notes the above and instructs the NEC working with the LGBTAC to
contact the charity PAPYRUS, to find out ways in which the CWU can promote
their charity and offer what support is available in the way of a donation,
printing, leafletting etc. this list is not exhaustive.

Reported at the time on this website, below you can watch the emotional debate at this year’s CWU Annual Conference:

Pauline and Brian would appreciate any sponsorship and awareness from CWU Members. Brian and Pauline are determined to do everything they can to both fund-raise and raise awareness so people can seek help and recognise that there is help out there.

So let’s do all we can to help them.  

If you wish to make a personal donation, just click on Charity Bike Ride

Source: Carl Webb / CWU

Posted: 1st January 2017

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