The Ollie Foundation

The OLLIE Foundation is a charity set up by three parents who lost their children to suicide.

 

OLLIE

 

OLLIE stands for One Life Lost Is Enough

 

Stuart, Jane and Chris will do what they can to prevent other parents going through the trauma of what they have been through.

 

There is a distinct lack of suicide intervention training in St Albans and Watford, so OLLIE will address this need.  OLLIE has put together a committee of local businesses who have all pledged to support OLLIE with its aims.

 

If OLLIE can prevent one other parent going through what we have, then we would have succeeded.

 

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Morgan

Stuart’s son Morgan took his own life when he was just 15 years old.  
Stuart says, “Morgan was the sweetest boy you could meet. He didn’t have an aggressive bone in his body. I was so excited to see what the future held for him. When Morgan died everything changed and life seemed pointless. Disbelief surrounds everything you do and small tasks become incredibly difficult. There’s not a lot of joy in my life now, it’s difficult to take pleasure from the same things I used to.”

The OLLIE Foundation’s priority is to reduce the number of young people taking their own lives.

 

We do this by…..
  • Removing the stigma of the topic of suicide.
  • Improving accessibility of help to vulnerable young people within their local community
  • Increasing awareness of the ways to seek help for those people thinking this is the only option left for them.
  • Working within communities to promote good mental health among young people.
  • Raising funds to deliver ASIST and safeTALK sessions to professionals working with young people.
  • Raising funds to help the training of ASIST Trainers.
  • Growing The Ollie Foundation to span Hertfordshire and beyond.
Suicide is a taboo word, very often whispered. In the UK there are over 6000 suicides every year. That’s 1 person every 2 hours. 3000 people a week attempt to take their own life with 600-800 of those being under the age of 25 and 78% of these people are male.

 

People take their own lives for many reasons, for reasons that are often never known or understood by those left behind. If awareness of suicide is increased then we stand a better chance of preventing someone else from feeling this is the only option left for them.

 

Many schools, colleges and stake holders working with young people in the community have expressed interest in The OLLIE Foundation – their support is invaluable.

 

For more information and advice visit www.theOLLIEFoundation.org

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