We are a charity devoted to stopping teenagers and young people from taking their own lives

Our awareness film ‘Ollie’ was created with the help of members of the National Youth Theatre

Mental health & suicide hotlines:

  • CALM - 0800 58 58 58
  • Samaritans - 116 123
  • Papyrus - 0800 068 41 41
  • Childline - 0800 1111

Here at The OLLIE Foundation, we are delighted to announce the launch of our suicide awareness film campaign, ‘Ollie’.  The creative team of ItMatters produced the film. ItMatters is a national movement of young people using the creative media to raise awareness about mental health and other related issues.

Archuna Ananthamohan, writer and producer, said: “While volunteering for The OLLIE Foundation, I felt that young people needed to harness the power of social media and film to persuade more people to take action. I made use of the National Youth Theatre members’ network to meet and work with fellow members to turn this goal into a reality.”

Colin Holland, director and producer, said: “Mental health is an issue that affects everyone, directly or otherwise. Whether you identify with the character of Ollie or Henry in this video, there is something for everyone to take away.”

As a youth prevention charity to have young creatives produce a film to raise awareness, not only of the charity, but also about suicide prevention is wonderful. The ItMatters team have worked closely with The Foundation in the creation of the script to ensure that the sensitive topic of suicide is explored in an appropriate manner.

Credits

Directed by Colin Holland
Written by Giles Holland & Archuna Ananthamohan
Produced by Archuna Ananthamohan & Colin Holland
1st AD - Laura Hall
1st AC - Patrick Hollings
Cinematographer - Giles Holland
Editor - Colin Holland
Sound Design - Edward Waller
2nd AD - Naomi Goddard

Cast

Ollie - Mark Brown
Henry - Ashley Howells
Ethan - Roly Botha

Voice cast

Teacher - Sarah Cullum
Mother - Michaela Mackenzie
Friend - Dominic Gray
Boyfriend - Conor Watters

With thanks to Ashley Church, Pinner Methodist Church & the National Youth Theatre