Lunchtime Lectures

Join us for our lunchtime lecture series celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week! From Monday 13th to Friday 17th May, we’ll be hosting a line-up of insightful talks delving into various aspects of mental health and well-being. Talks will explore topics ranging from understanding the brain’s response to stress, and the origins of suicide stigma, to practical strategies for navigating from crisis to safety.

In alignment with this year’s theme of movement, why not go for a stroll while tuning in or wriggle your toes while you watch? It’s an hour dedicated to nurturing both your mental and physical well-being. We’re excited to have you join us for this enriching experience running daily from 12.30pm to 1.30pm (London UK)

Monday 13th – Keeping Safe and Carrying On

Embark on a 1-hour journey delving into the intricacies of your innate survival system. Discover how this constant 24/7 safety mechanism can sometimes get trapped in ‘battle’ mode, leaving you feeling anything but safe.

Led by an expert trainer in emotional well-being and trauma-informed responses, this session explores the remarkable 24/7 survival system inherent in each of us. Consider our responses to real and perceived threats that leave our bodies in a constant state of battle readiness, leading to stress and anxiety. We address this physical and emotional chain reaction triggered by hormones and activated by our interpretation of thoughts, potentially leaving us as emotional and physical Jenga towers, teetering on the brink of collapse.

Participants will also acquire a variety of CBT tools and strategies to alleviate moments of overwhelm, stress, and negative thoughts, such that they can more quickly return to a neutral and calmer state, even when confronting challenging situations.

Tuesday 14th – The Elliot Strickland Lecture

A Powerful Narrative of Hope and Transformation!

Join us for an extraordinary talk as we unravel the heartfelt journey of transformation sparked by tragedy. The Elliot Strickland Lecture, presented by OLLIE’s CEO, Debi Roberts, unveils a groundbreaking approach to de-escalating conversations in suicidal crisis.

You will be moved by the tragedy and poignant tale of Elliot Strickland, whose suicide at 25 propelled the CEO on a quest for change. Discover how, just days later, speaking with another family facing a similar crisis ignited a spark of inspiration.

Through this deeply personal narrative, you will hear the genesis story of OLLIE’s revolutionary method grounded in solution-focused conversation, conflict resolution and goal-setting techniques that we have found to be powerful interventions in times of despair.

Wednesday 15th – Safe Plans

This session supports participants in understanding why Safe Plans are a proven and effective support tool, whether as a professional or an interim measure until professional assistance is accessible, or between appointments. It’s particularly beneficial for those supporting someone initiating, adjusting, or tapering antidepressants

During this session, participants will explore the concept of a Safe Plan and its effectiveness. They will learn solution-focused conversations with goal-setting to aid individuals, including those experiencing suicidal ideation, to maintaining safety during emotional crises.

By attending this session, participants will acquire some practical skills used globally in suicide intervention and prevention. They will learn how to compassionately assist individuals in distress, fostering a safe physical and emotional environment, and creating a supportive Safe Plan document tailored to their needs, especially if they may be alone at any point.

Thursday 16th – History of Suicide

Join us for an enlightening session where we delve into the historical layers contributing to society’s hesitance in addressing suicide. Our expert will guide you through an exploration of how historical perspectives shape contemporary attitudes, language, and policies surrounding suicide.

Gain insights into the medical and social viewpoints on suicide and responses, uncovering misconceptions and highlighting the importance of holistic approaches to intervention. Discover the pivotal role of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in crafting effective suicide reduction strategies, with a focus on treating depression as a preventive measure.

In closing, we’ll reflect on actionable strategies for better-supporting those prescribed antidepressants, offering practical insights for personal and professional contexts alike.

This short talk is ideal for anyone eager to understand the complexities of suicide through a historical lens. Whether you’re seeking personal enlightenment or professional development, this session promises valuable insights for all attendees aged 16 and above.

Friday 17th – Prescription Safe Plans

This session is packed full of essential information for prescribers and those who may be supporting someone who is starting, changing, or tapering from antidepressants.

During this talk, you will learn why Prescription Safe Plans support better outcomes for all stakeholders particularly those using medications that list ‘suicidal thoughts’ as a side effect, in particular antidepressants.

Why is this important? If not pre-warned with clear instructions on what to do if their well-being deteriorates, patients can be extremely vulnerable, some will conclude that their life is spiralling out of control despite the medication and may succumb to their sense of hopelessness and end their life. OLLIE believes that antidepressant-related suicide is a devastating tragedy that can be reduced with better education and support.

Please note this session is open to all, and will be particularly relevant for Prescribers, Counsellors, Pharmacists, Psychotherapists, Occupational Health and HR professionals.oes Here

Time & place

  • 1 hour

  • Online event on zoom

Cost

  • Please contribute at your comfort level, fully funded tickets are also available

Whilst every effort will be made to discuss these topics sensitively and ethically, the subject matter could potentially cause distress. Please consider if you currently feel ready to attend this talk. By attending the event, you agree that you understand that this is a talk (not therapy) and you feel ready to learn more.

We value and appreciate our incredibly diverse audiences who always come with a range of opinions, emotions, experiences and knowledge. To ensure that our online environment remains supportive, we work hard to provide a respectful environment, sensitive to the range of views in the room.

Here at OLLIE, we understand that sometimes you may prefer to join our session anonymously and that’s fine by us. You are more than welcome to have your camera off and audio muted throughout, freeing you up to move around, eat or simply relax whilst we guide you through the session.

If you book a ticket and then are unexpectedly unable to attend this event, even at the very last minute, please do let us know before the session, either by returning to the eventbrite link in your confirmation email or by emailing contactus@theolliefoundation.org.

Please be aware, we require a minimum number of delegates for each of our online sessions in order to run these effectively, if we are unable to obtain the minimum number 24 hours prior, you may be informed of the course’s postponement and will be given the option to transfer onto the next available course.

Upcoming training events

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