Since January 2019, Ann Feloy and Regina Byrne have been running the two day ASIST training in-house to staff at the One Housing Group, a London housing association managing 16,000 homes and providing support to residents who need specialist help. Often staff help residents who are suicidal.
Olly's Future is pleased to have funded Regina to become an ASIST trainer and to pay for training for course participants. It is vital that front-line staff have the best training possible to support vulnerable people. This is all part of Olly's legacy.
This year we celebrated the third anniversary of our mental health open mic night at UCL! Our courageous speakers spoke on topics including depression, anxiety, domestic violence and eating disorders.
The event was incredibly moving, and it was a real privilege to have the opportunity to hear people speak from the heart and share their intimate stories. We left the evening feeling inspired, empowered and hopeful for the future.
Pictured is Harees, a UCL Master's student, who bravely opened up our open mic night and spoke about how he found a support system and an outlet through jiu-jitsu. Listen to Harees' podcast, The Social Yeti, on iTunes and Spotify to hear about his discussions on topics such as mental health.
Olly spent three very happy years of his childhood in the Devon market town of Newton Abbot. It was here that the local Rotary Club recently funded suicide prevention training for local residents.
Jacky Bennett and Phil Millichamp arranged the training as part of Olly's legacy. The trainer, Chukes Maxwell of Action to Prevent Suicide, by pure co-incidence went to the same school as Olly - Christ's Hospital - in the 1970s!
Otis and Ayesha held our second stall at UCL's Mental Health Volunteering Fair and promoted our work amongst students.
In October 2018, we launched our 45-minute lunchtime suicide awareness talks for UCL staff. These workshops are delivered by PAPYRUS, and we have plans on expanding our programme!
Ayesha and Rav hosted our second mental health open mic night at UCL in collaboration with Heads Up! in loving memory of Olly.
UCL students came together and shared poems, performed spoken word and for some, took to the stage for the very first time to speak openly about their mental healt
The World Traders donated £5,000 to PAPYRUS to fund suicide awareness training at UCL in Oliver's memory.
Ann, Oli and Ayesha held a stall on behalf of Olly's Future at UCL's Mental Health Volunteering Fair.
They promoted the work of leading suicide prevention charities, CALM and PAPYRUS, and collected sign-ups of UCL students interested in attending a suicide awareness training session delivered by PAPYRUS. The training took place two weeks later and was a huge success!
Members of Olly's Future attended a suicide awareness session delivered by PAPYRUS.
What happens at suicide awareness sessions?
Through open and honest discussion, sessions aim to increase awareness of the prevalence of young suicide and aim to break the stigma and taboo surrounding suicide.
Such discussions aim to: