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Fund created in memory of performer who killed herself

Olivia Faulkner who was in Pippin at the Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester Olivia Faulkner who was in Pippin at the Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester
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A fund has been set up in memory of a drama school graduate who took her own life at the end of last year.

Olivia Faulkner graduated from Laine Theatre Arts last summer and landed a part in Pippin at the Hope Mill Theatre. She had been due to reprise her role in the production when the show transfers to London later this year.

However, Faulkner, aged 19, killed herself on November 27.

Her family is now raising funds to generate awareness of mental illness in the dance world.

The fund, called the Olivia Faulkner Foundation, has so far received £7,452 in donations.

Launching the fund, her family said: “Our aim is to raise awareness of mental illness in the dance world and raise enough money to keep her memory alive. We hope Olivia’s story will help people reach out and tell someone how they are feeling.”

The family added: “If it saves just one family the heartbreak we are going through all our efforts and every single penny will be worth it.”

More information about the fund can be found here.

In 2016, an initiative was set up to support people in the entertainment sector facing mental health challenges, prompted by a number of suicides in the profession.

Actor suicides prompt launch of ArtsMinds mental health website

More information can be found at artsminds.co.uk

Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123, samaritans.org. Other international suicide helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org

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