The Ostrich Foundation

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

Our
Mission

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

84 MEN IN THE UK
TAKE THEIR OWN LIVES
EVERY WEEK

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.

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Your donations help us in so many ways.

We are delighted to tell you all about what has been achieved with the many you have donated so far. 

We are so proud to tell you that with your incredible generosity we have been able to support 16 teachers and staff at Harrogate Grammar School to attend a two day Mental Health First Aid Training Course. This is  an absolutely fantastic achievement. 

We have also been able to give help to our local Harrogate Samaritans and their education programme which is so important and we also continue to support Papyrus with all their amazing work. 

Together we are all working hard and making a difference in reducing and raising awareness of suicide in young people. We couldn’t do this without you so thank you from everyone at The Ostrich Foundation.

Forthcoming events -2019

Check back regularly for details of our next event.

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Ostrich Gig 2020. Details to be announced soon.

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Past Fundraising Events

Ostrich Walk, Ripley 6th October

Wow, wow, WOW! We’re thrilled to let you know the total monies raised at our latest Ostrich Walk was a fantastic £1400.

THANK YOU to all who donated and made the walk a success! Your donations will go towards funding Mental Health First Aid training in local schools.

See you at our next event - details coming soon!

PS If you have any photos from today please don’t forget to tag us.

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Meet Norman, Our New Mascot!

Our mascot Norman the Ostrich sure enjoyed his walk in Ripley today and we hope you all did too!

A huge WELL DONE & THANK YOU to everyone who took part and/or donated, to Ripley Castle and their tearoom staff for having us and to all our fab volunteers for donating your time, effort & cake! 

We hope our walk has provided the opportunity to talk about the stigma surrounding mental health & suicide and you’ll now spread the word about the Ostrich Foundation’s goals

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Ostrich Beer Launch

Open to everyone, The Ostrich Foundation Beer Launch was a great success. Thanks to the Cold Bath Brewing Company, we were able to bring to Harrogate our very own Ostrich Pale Ale. The purpose of the event was to bring everyone together so raise awareness of our charity, raise money for our worthy causes and to get people to meet and talk.

Ostrich Gig, Ivory Bar, 24th February

With over 250 people attending, our first gig was an overwhelming success. We raised over £4,000 as as result and our thanks go out to Mirage, Robbie Miller and Megan who performed some great music. Thanks also go the Ivory Bar and our committee who did a great job organising everything and making the night such a success.

Ostrich Gig, Ivory Bar, 24th February

Robbie Miller

A great guitar sole set from Robbie Miller

Over 250 guests!

With three performers over five hours it was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Mirage brought the house down!

Two great sessions from Mirage got everyone up and dancing!

Bring Dad to Dance with HDDC


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Well done to everyone at Harrogate District Dance Company for your incredible efforts during your Bring Dad to Dance Week fundraiser. Looks like you had a brilliant time and thank you so much for having the Ostrich Foundation as your chosen charity! 
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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.

Free drinks and cakes!


Meeting the walkers

Preparing for the walk

Thank You to All Our Sponsors
We would also like to give a big thank you to all our supporters, committee members, trustees and all the people who have helped us create a great charity for such a worthy cause, in such a short period of time, from our start in May 2018. Thank you, from all of us.

LMDC Espresso Bar

The Kitchen

Rock-Up and Sing

Stray FM

SRO Solutions

MedSoc

West Park Hotel

Ivory Bar

Rollinson Planning Consultancy Ltd

Jonny Javelin Card Co.

Kall Kwik

Designs Harrogate

Co-Op

Morgan Clare

ARCO

Amanda Mamby Photography

Manchester MedSoc
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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.

Helpline

£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

Training

£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.

MedSoc Annual Ball
16th March 2019

Alison Pearson-Segal, chair of the Ostrich Foundation, speaking at the Manchester MedSoc Spring Ball. A huge thank you to Medsoc for all your support and helping us in our mission to raise awareness and help prevent young suicides.

Support

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

Samaritans

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.

CALM

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.

Papyrus

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.

Childline

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.

Silverline

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

NSPA


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.

Addaction


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.

MMM


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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Harrogate, United Kingdom

+44 07799 634 939

info@ostrichfoundation.co.uk

www.ostrichfoundation.co.uk

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