The Ostrich Foundation

A Charity Helping Young People Take
Their Head Out of The Sand


To help young people, their families and friends

The Ostrich Foundation exists to work with and support other charities and NHS agencies helping reduce the number of young people who take their own lives, by shattering the stigma around suicide and helping remove the word ‘committed’ from common vocabulary.

Our aim is to work with other charities to help equip young people and their communities with the skills to recognise and respond to suicidal behaviour.

The Ostrich Foundation believes that many young suicides are preventable.

We believe that no one should have to go through the heartbreak and everlasting pain of losing a loved one to suicide.

We believe that everyone can play a role in helping to raise awareness of the issue of young suicide.

Values & Beliefs

Why we set the charity up

With your help we can ensure something positive comes from the tragedy of losing a loved one by raising awareness that this devastating thing can happen to those you least expect.

Working together we can raise awareness for the prevention of suicide, especially in young people.

The support and hard work by all of our team at The Ostrich Foundation is dedicated to making this happen.
Alison,Chair and Trustee
Project 84


The statistics are truly shocking. Every two hours a man in the UK takes his own life. Male suicide and mental health is a big issue that can’t be ignored any longer. It’s unacceptable that so many men are dying from suicide on a daily basis, yet so few people are talking about it and we need to change this.

To stop people in their tracks, make them pay attention and inspire much needed conversation and action around suicide, The charity Calm partnered with the internationally renowned artist, Mark Jenkins, and his collaborator Sandra Fernandez, to create 84 individual sculptures. Friends and family members of the deceased helped in the creation process of the figures. Each one, a poignant reminder of a real life lost and a call to society to come together and ultimately take a stand against male suicide.


Music Extravaganza
Ivory Bar, Harrogate Sunday 24th February

Join us for THE OSTRICH GIG on Sunday 24th February.

An evening of music and entertainment; all to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention charity

Tickets £10 each, available at Ivory Bar or Nuffield Health, Fitness and Wellbeing Gym, Hornbeam Park, Harrogate, HG2 8RA. Or message us via our Facebook page

4.30 – 6.00 – Doors open to guest singer

6.00 -7.00 – Robbie Miller

7.00- 7.30 – DJ Tony Walker

7.30 – 9.30 - Mirage

9.30 onwards – DJ Tony Walker


Robbie Miller

One In a Million Star Award winner, Robbie Miller, won the award for young person of the year in the catagory The Arts, director Craig McHugh said " Robbie is a great talent and his performance was enjoyed by all guests



Mirage collectively have established themselves as one of the best function bands in Yorkshire, they have a diverse amount of experiences and have gained an enormous amount of ingenuity for making an event everything it should be….dance floors full, laughing-singing-twisting, lights flashing, pumping sounds, (don’t worry they’re not loud!) everything that makes for an unforgettable Gig 

Forthcoming events -2019

Our next event is a charity music evening at Ivory Bar, Harrogate, Sunday 24th February 2019


Ivory Bar
Sunday 24th February, 2019, Harrogate


Beer tasting evening at a Harrogate micro brewery

Further details will be published later this year.


Our next 2019 event will be announced soon.

Past Fundraising Events
Ripley Walk 7th October 2018

An excellent first fundraising event for us!. With around 200 people walking and almost £2,000 raised to fund our chosen charities. Thank you to everyone who came and supported us.

More pictures below.....


Free drinks and cakes!

Meeting the walkers

Preparing for the walk

Thank You to All Our Sponsors

LMDC Espresso Bar

The Kitchen

Rock-Up and Sing

Stray FM

SRO Solutions


West Park Hotel

Jonny Javelin Card Co.

Kall Kwik

Designs Harrogate


Morgan Clare


Amanda Mamby Photography

We are looking for volunteers!

We are growing fast and have lots of events planned for over the next year and would really like to hear from you if you would like to help us as a volunteer. If you are interested, would like to find out more information or would like a chat with one of our trustees, then please contact us using our contact form below.

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Prevention of Young Suicide

The Ostrich Foundation is a new charity started in 2018. We are already gaining exposure in Yorkshire and have raised a substantial fund for helping established organisations providing support preventing suicides in young people.

We are currently working closely with Papyrus and have nominated them as the support organisation we will be helping fund over the coming year.

HOPELINE is a specialist telephone service staffed by trained professionals who give non-judgemental support, practical advice and information to;

  • Children, teenagers and young people up to the age of 35 who are worried about how they are feeling 
  • Anyone who is concerned about a young person

This is what the money we raise can do to assist Hopeline.


£20 can pay for one 20 minute call to help a young person in distress overcome their pain and stay safe.

Helpline, text & email

£65 can keep a helpline, text and email services running for over one hour


£195 can cover the cost of training someone in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST), which is a two day, skills building workshop that prepares caregivers to provide suicide first aid interventions. 

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Our 2018/2019 Partner

MedSoc is the University of Manchester’s largest student society, supporting its students in all stages of their medical degree and ensuring they have a good time and make the most out of their Manchester experience. 

We are responsible for organising socials, annual balls, charity events as well as educational events and Pacemaker, our own student-led magazine. We endeavour to be inclusive and cater for everyone at our events and within the society.

Each year MedSoc work along side a selected charity that supports a cause that is held dear to the society. This academic year MedSoc are happy to announce we will be working along side The Ostrich Foundation. Mental health and particularly mental health of students is an extremely important issue, and so MedSoc look forward to supporting the charity that was founded for the prevention of suicide in young men. We will be organising charity events of our own to raise money for The Ostrich Foundation as well as supporting their own events.

We look forward to our forthcoming partnership with The Ostrich Foundation and are excited for the opportunities it will bring to support such a meaningful cause.


We aim to work with these valuable organisations - call them if you'd like to talk


Call 116 123

Whatever you're going through, call us free any time, from any phone on 116 123.

We're here round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it's best to call us on the phone. This number is FREE to call. You don't have to be suicidal to call us.


Call 0800 58 58 58

The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. Join the campaign to take a stand against male suicide and get the tools you need for action.


Call Hopeline
0800 068 4141

We exist to reduce the number of young people who take their own lives by shattering the stigma around suicide and equipping young people and their communities with the skills to recognise and respond to suicidal behaviour.


Call 0800 1111

Call us free on 0800 1111 or find out how to get in touch online. Whatever your worry, day or night, we're here for you.


Call 0800 4 70 80 90

The Silver Line is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year


The National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) is an alliance of public, private and voluntary organisations in England who care about suicide prevention and are willing to take individual and collective action to reduce suicide and support those bereaved or affected by suicide.


We help people change their behaviour to become the very best that they can be. It could be their drug or alcohol use or worries about their mental health – we support people to make lasting change in their lives.

We deliver 81 services across England and Scotland. In 2017 we supported 140,000 people.

We work with adults and young people, in community settings, in prisons, in residential rehab and through outreach.


Men's Minds Matter is a not for profit organisation dedicated to the prevention of suicide through building psychological resilience and emotional strength.

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