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 prevention skills training for any individual or community that wants it, especially those interacting with young people, or young people themselves. This includes may be parents, students, school staff, other charity and community groups and many more. The aim of the training is to create 'suicide safe' communities where we create a ethos of awareness and prevention structured around alertness, intervention and recovery.
“OLLIE is my chance to help prevent other parents from having to go through what I have.”
Stuart Falconer, Founder
Why OLLIE training courses are so vital
Suicide is the leading cause of death among young people aged 20-34 years in the UK.
In 2015 a total of 1,659 young people took their own lives.
On average, four young people end their own lives each day.
But what does this actually mean for you?
One of OLLIE's founders, Stuart Falconer, says that for him, as a parent to two sons, he was completely unprepared to deal with the fact that Morgan took his own life. He was not prepared for that risk and had not discussed it with his children. He was not informed about suicide and when there were two suicides prior to Morgan's within the same community he did not talk about it with his sons.
His attitude then, was that suicide is something that happens to other people and wasn't his problem. Sadly there are many other people that held similar attitudes before finding out first hand that suicide can effect anyone.
This is why we work so hard to raise awareness of suicide as a societal issue where everybody is part of the solution. It can happen to anyone and we believe we all have a responsibility to help educate, raise awareness and work together to reduce suicides in our communities.