PAPYRUS And YGAM Form Strategic Allience In Suicide Prevention

By establishing a strategic alliance with the suicide prevention charity PAPYRUS, the ‘Young Gamers & Gamblers Education Trust’ (YGAM) has continued to broaden its collaborative network of UK stakeholders.

YGAM and PAPYRUS will share educational seminars and tools to help young people understand the life-threatening dangers and harms of problem gambling and suicide, working together to ‘prevent future generations from experiencing harm.’

PAPYRUS ‘SP-ARK training’ has been obtained by YGAM practitioners, helping the safer gambling charity to properly address nuanced conversations on the treatment of stigmas around suicide in vulnerable victims of depression and more anxieties of mental health in everyday life.

In turn, YGAM’s full training on gaming and gambling harms and addictions has been obtained by PAPYRUS teams, giving participants an awareness of detecting risk behaviours among young audiences.

Going forward, YGAM tools and educational services will help PAPYRUS teams to better connect with young victims of problem gambling.

The YGAM Education Boss for Greater London, Sandy Thompson, said: “It was fantastic to train more of our colleagues from PAPYRUS, working together to continue our shared commitment to improve young lives by increasing awareness around these crucial issues.”

“PAPYRUS provide vital support to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, whilst also engaging and building awareness in communities, and training organisations and groups. Working together in partnership is a crucial step in highlighting these important areas and continuing to provide the support and information that our young people desperately need.”

During UK Charity Week (7-13 December), the relationship was secured, in which the charities said they shared a ‘poignant link’ having been formed following the personal loss of sons through the suicide of the founders of both YGAM and PAPYRUS.

YGAM tells industry stakeholders that suicide is the greatest killer of young people under 35 in the UK, fearing to talk freely about how they feel, with thousands more attempt or contemplate suicide, harm themselves or suffer alone, afraid to speak openly about how they are feeling’.

Ged Flynn, PAPYRUS Chief Executive, said: “We are proud to be working in partnership with YGAM and are looking at ways in which we can come together to support young people. We hear from young people every day on our helpline HOPELINEUK who are struggling with thoughts of suicide. Whilst there is never one sole reason that may lead a young person think suicide is an option, we know that gaming and gambling can be a contributory factor for some.”

“By working in partnership with YGAM we are able to better understand how gaming and gambling can impact on a young person’s mental health and offer the appropriate support. We know that this partnership will help to save lives.”