PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide – Ged Flynn
Ged Flynn is Chief Executive of national charity, PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide, an organisation founded in 1997 by parents who had lost children and young people to suicide. He has worked in the third sector for over 25 years, having studied theology and philosophy in Durham and later psychology and leadership in Dublin. He is particularly interested in grief management.
Ged represents PAPYRUS on the National Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group in England and its equivalent body in Wales. He is also a Master Trainer in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).
Ged lost his cousin to suicide some years ago. This seemed to the family to be ‘out of the blue’ as are many of the suicides which the parents and families and friends who become part of PAPYRUS experience. Ged is keen to reduce stigma at all levels and to help demystify and demythologise mental ill health, having suffered with anxiety and depression himself over several years.