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Woman taking part in Hopewalk to raise awareness of young people and suicide

Swansea University's wellbeing service will be hosting a three-mile charity beach walk to raise awareness of suicide in young people.

Hopewalk, in aid of suicide prevention charity Papyrus, will take place for the first time in Swansea on Sunday October 20.

Papyrus will be raising awareness to support the lifesaving work that they provide to young people in the community.

This includes offering confidential advice to young people and engaging communities in suicide prevention projects such as Hopewalk.

University wellbeing counsellor Carl Ely, who drove the idea for Swansea to host the walk said: “Suicide is the single largest cause of death in young people under 35 in the UK.

 “Swansea University’s wellbeing service is very aware of the difficulties facing young people today, which can often leave them feeling vulnerable, isolated, emotional, scared and suicidal.

"Our aim with this walk is to raise awareness of suicide in young people and that no one needs to go through this alone.”

Jessica Hill, of Papyrus, added: “Hopewalk is a fantastic opportunity not just to raise life-saving funds for suicide prevention but also to help #ShatterTheStigma around thoughts of suicide.

 “We’re incredibly grateful to Swansea University for bringing remembrance and hope to their campus.”

The beach walk, which begins at noon, heads to Blackpill and back. It will start and finish at The Secret Beach Bar and Kitchen, Mumbles Road, Swansea, SA2 0AY.

To take part please register before the event on the JustGiving page. 

Everyone who registers will automatically be entered into a prize draw. For further information email Carl Ely.

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