Hollyoaks bullying storyline sees increase in young people contacting sucide prevention charity!

ESTHER.Suicide prevention charity PAPYRUS has praised Hollyoaks for its' recent bullying storyline, starring Esther Bloom.

Following the bullying and suicide attempt by Hollyoaks character, Esther, PAPYRUS the national charity dedicated to preventing young suicides has received a substantial rise in young people seeking help through its helpline service, HOPELineUK.

“Across the weekend and throughout the week, following the E4 and Channel 4 episodes, our helpline team was busy immediately following the broadcasts. Requests for help and guidance via our text service has been strongest, reflecting the programme’s young target audience,” said Ged Flynn, PAPYRUS chief executive.

“Young people seeking help from PAPYRUS were directly referencing Hollyoaks, some saying that they felt like Esther, some mentioning Jazz, which indicated they had watched the help and support video produced by Lime Pictures.

“We applaud Lime Pictures’ responsible initiative to support a sensitive script that could have upset vulnerable young people. The good news is that it has provoked many young people and others worried about their mates, to talk about how they feel and, vitally, to get help from us,” said Ged.

“The scale of young suicide is a national scandal that needs to be talked about. We all need to let young people know that it is OK to get help and the rest of us need to listen and respond well.”

Hollyoaks received its highest viewing figures in two years for these episodes, with up to 1.35m people tuning into C4 on Monday 21 January at 18:30 and more than 1.1m switching over to E4 for the next instalment at 19:00, proving the power that this issue has to engage an audience.

HOPELineUK offers practical help and support – what to say and do – to young people who are feeling depressed and suicidal as well as others who are worried about a young person they know. It is confidential and anonymity is respected. Telephone  0880 068 41 41 SMS 07786 209697 email pat@papyrus-uk.org

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