As many of you will be aware, The Neighbourhood Vet is owned by a large veterinary company, IVC Evidensia. Each year, we as a practice are offered a £1000 grant from IVC to be donated to a charity chosen by our staff. This year, our nominated charity is PAPYRUS, which supports a cause close to many of the team's hearts.
PAPYRUS - Prevention of Young Suicide is a UK charity dedicated to the prevention of suicide and the promotion of positive mental health & emotional well-being in young people.
Suicide is the biggest killer of people aged 35 and under in the UK and sadly, the rate within the veterinary profession is considerably higher than that of the general population.
PAPYRUS was founded in 1997 by a group of bereaved parents, who had each lost children to suicide. The founders shared the core belief that suicide is preventable and that those with lived experience of suicide have a valuable and unique contribution to make to the wider conversation around suicide.
The donation will help fund training, education and the continuing provision of a 24/7 support helpline. Moreover, we plan to continue to support the charity in continuing to fundraise throughout 2023.
If you’d like to know more about the amazing work that PAPYRUS does or to support them yourselves, then head to https://www.papyrus-uk.org/