According the Office on National Statistics in 2020, there were 5,224 suicides registered in England and Wales. Three-quarters of suicide deaths were for men (3,925 deaths; 75.1%), which follows a consistent trend back to the mid-1990s. Males and females aged 45 to 49 years had the highest age-specific suicide rate (24.1 male and 7.1 female deaths per 100,000). London has had the lowest suicide rate of any region of England (7.0 deaths per 100,000), while the highest rate in 2020 was in the North East with 13.3 deaths per 100,000.
PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. It was founded in 1997 by a group of bereaved parents, who had each lost children to suicide.
Since then, PAPYRUS has grown into a UK-wide charity with offices in different pats of the Country. A suicide prevention helpline, HOPELINEUK, is staffed from 9am to midnight, every day of the year.
The charity drives several campaigns designed to help prevent suicide every year.
“To My Fellow…” is a series of videos produced by Papyrus that convey the stories of individuals and how suicide affected them.
Each video contains a personal story of how suicide has affected the individual and a message of hope.
In one such video the Chair of Youmanity, Angelo Iudice, encourages anyone who has moved countries - refugees, migrants - to stay positive in the face of adversity.
Angelo moved to London with a one-way ticket at the age in 19. He has spent 40 years in the English capital, much of which have been dedicated to the promotion of social inclusion.
'...the fact that you have moved homes, it's already an incredible achievement and so praise yourself,’ says Angelo in his ‘To My Fellow Migrants …” video message.
Find out more about the To My Fellow campaign here