In 2016, three parents who had all lost their teenage sons to suicide, vowed to do all they could to prevent other families suffering similar tragedies. And so The OLLIE Foundation was born.
The OLLIE Foundation (One Life Lost is Enough) is a registered charity funding suicide intervention skills training for adults working with young people. This training enables professionals to identify warning signs and provide a pathway to help combat suicidal thoughts.
Click to read more about the foundation’s ASIST and safeTALK training.
Why OLLIE training courses are so vital
- Suicide is the biggest killer of young people under the age of 35 in the UK
- In 2014 a total of 1,556 young people took their own lives
- On average, four young people end their own lives each day
The work of The OLLIE Foundation is about raising awareness of these terrifying statistics and creating a community of adults trained in vital suicide intervention skills.
Where are we now?
- The OLLIE Foundation is a charity in its infancy and has already surpassed its original annual target.
- We have an expert Board of Trustees and a second tier of volunteer marketing, events, finance and operations committees.
- Our first teacher training programme was completed in July 2016 and we plan to roll these out monthly.
- The OLLIE Foundation has already trained its own trainers to deliver the safeTALK and ASIST training. This will ensure our local community has the support and expertise it deserves.
Extensive press and radio coverage – including BBC and Channel 5 News interviews – have already helped us make significant inroads into highlighting the problem of teenage suicide. An active and growing social media following is helping us build a community of advocates to support our work.
What next for The OLLIE Foundation?
Alongside the Foundation’s existing ASIST and safeTALK training and awareness-raising activities, the Board of Trustees is collaborating with other mental health charities, political stakeholders and the NHS to grow The Ollie Foundation into an efficient, sustainable and effective charity with national reach.
To achieve this objective and support our ongoing programme of marketing, PR and community fundraising projects, we need:
- Donations (large and small) and Gifts in Kind
- Local business sponsorships
- New volunteers and engaged advocates to support our existing teams
Do you think you can help us reduce the number of teenage suicides by supporting the work of The OLLIE Foundation?
Please call us today: 07966 332354
“OLLIE is my chance to help prevent other parents from having to go through what I have.”
Stuart Falconer, Founder