Kelly Thorpe

I am Head of Helpline Services here at PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide and I have been employed by the charity now for around 4 years. Suicide remains the biggest killer of young people under the age of 35 and I am passionate about smashing the stigma and taboos around talking about suicide and our unique emotional resilience in the hopes the avenues of support continue to open up for those who are vulnerable. We provide confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person through our national helpline HOPELINEUK, via free telephone, text and email services. We are all trained to use a particular suicide intervention model (Pathway to Assisting Life) that is recognised globally by the World Health

Organisation. It is this particular model that helps us all to feel competent and confident to use verbal suicide first aid skills in all kinds of different scenarios. It is part of my role to ensure we meet growing demand for our services across the UK whilst balancing a safe working environment for our advisors. I am passionate about advocating for all our service users and making sure their voice is loud and clear in our decision making processes at PAPYRUS and in our wider campaigns that influence national social policies. I am proud to also be part of PAPYRUS’ training team where I facilitate suicide prevention workshops like Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST) empowering our personal and professional communities to become suicide safer. I am thrilled to be working alongside Mountain Rescue, I have no doubt we will learn so much from each other alongside raising the profile of the life- saving work we both engage in as part of our everyday lives.