OLLIE

The OLLIE Foundation (One Life Lost Is Enough) is a registered charity funding suicide intervention skills training for young people, professionals and members of the general public. For more information about their suicide intervention programmes, click here.

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.

Two years later, our awareness film Ollie was released on @THE_OLLIE_FOUND's social media. It went viral. It saved lives.

It was the start of something incredible.

Some of the cast and crew involved in the making of the Ollie film, at Pinner Methodist Church.

I was Ollie. I didn’t know how to ask for help. I didn’t want to let anyone down, how could I talk to those around me about suicide? I survived.
— Kate James, mental health advocate

THE MAKING OF OLLIE

During his final year of school, a teenage boy had spiralled into a depression. He found this painfully ironic, as he had spent the last two years raising awareness about the very issue of mental health.

Although he knew it was important to open up, the stigma and attitudes he had experienced had made this very difficult. Not wanting to worry his friends and family, he chose to suffer in silence instead.

A year later, Archuna Ananthamohan would go on to write and produce an awareness film that would become viral and save lives. While volunteering for The OLLIE Foundation, he felt that young people needed to harness the power of media to persuade more people to take action.

So he dropped a message on the National Youth Theatre Members’ board, asking whether anyone would like to help turn his ambition of making a viral suicide awareness film into a reality. There was an overwhelmingly positive response to his request. Soon, under the creative direction of brothers Colin and Giles Holland, the vision had started to materialise into something very unique.

In a spirit of localism, the filming took place in the producer’s local community, Pinner. It was supported by an army of young volunteers, as well as local businesses such as Foodiewuwdies. Many of the cast & crew had personal reasons to be part of the film, with some members campaigning on a variety of issues including trans equality and better support for young carers.

When it came to suicide awareness, charities were churning out corporate films that didn’t really challenge viewers’ ideas of suicide. That needed to change.
— Archuna Ananthamohan, writer and producer of 'Ollie'
The film poster for   Ollie

The film poster for Ollie


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