Ged Flynn wrote:

"I recently spoke at an event led by the South-West Zero Suicide Collaborative. As a member of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group, I am only too aware that our national aspirations to prevent suicide are only as good as local and regional implementation of the national strategy allows. Local champions are what makes suicide prevention happen. Partnership working is crucial, bringing together local and regional data, stories, expertise, and commitment to work together to prevent suicide.

Having spent some time with this collaborative in the south-west and having worked closely with a number of members of this partnership who find it invaluable, I'm convinced that it is a model of good practice and something which adds significantly to the work of individual organisations like the one that I am privileged to lead. 

Suicide prevention is never an easy area of work for any of us, not least those who have been personally affected by suicide. The collaborative is clearly not a talking shop. Some of our PAPYRUS members see it as a very important bridge between policy and practice and I trust that its work will only continue to develop as we all work towards zero suicide as our common ambition."

Best wishes


Chief Executive - PAPYRUS