Wirral Gala to Support Suicide Prevention

30 August 2013, 05:00

A teenage girl from Bidston thinks more needs to be done to help to prevent and raise awareness of young suicides.

Annielee Kelly, 17, has put together a fun day for a charity that helps young people deal with problems surrounding suicide and depression, after a teenager in Leicestershire took her own life after being bullied online. 

The charity, Prevention of Young Suicide (PAPYRUS) want to reduce the stigma surrounding suicide, and raise awareness of the problems people are facing. Annlielee told Heart: " When I heard about the charity, it's very close to my heart, and there a lot of people that have been affected by young suicide. 

"I'm 17 and people my age are under a lot of pressure these days, with school, family, friends and what's put on the Internet." 

The fun day offers guests the chance to take part in lots of fun activities, including photo opportunities with the Royal Family actor, Ricky Tomlinson. 

It's at Birkenhead Park Rugby Club today (Fri). Tickets for adults are £2.50 and £1 for children.

Annielee says that there needs to be a big change, and that more things need to be done to help people suffering from mental health issues and its effects. 

She added: "Not many people want to talk about it, because it is suicide, and there is a big stigma around it, which there shouldn't be. Places like this can help them."