At the Ostrich Foundation we’ve made it our mission to create a Suicide Safer Harrogate and when it comes to mental illness, we believe prevention is better than cure.
We want everyone to support and fund our ‘Suicide Safer Harrogate’ campaign.
The mythology around suicide is huge; in talking about it we don’t create the problem or increase the numbers, in fact it’s the opposite.
Talking about suicide can be a nerve-wracking thing to do – for the person who is suicidal and for anyone who may be concerned about them. If you are asking a loved one, family member or friend if they are suicidal, it can be distressing to learn that they feel this way and it can difficult to comprehend. Lots of people worry that asking and talking about suicide will make suicide more likely to happen – but this isn’t the case. We want people to become educated on how to spot initial anxieties before they manifest into bigger issues, telling our young people ‘don’t bury your head’ - help is out there!
So, we are raising funds for the Mental Health First Aid training in local schools, sports clubs and other organisations.
Some of the staff from Harrogate Grammar School have been the first to benefit from training carried out by Pat Sowa of Starfish Harrogate.
The Ostrich Foundation continues to raise funds for this training across the Harrogate District.