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Let’s Talk about Suicide?!

In the Spring of 2022, The Jordan Legacy CIC partnered with MEL Research to carry out a survey among a representative sample of 1531 UK adults (aged 18+) to make sure we had some up-to-date figures which could inform conversations around mental health, suicide and suicide prevention. We’d like to thank MEL Research for their generous support and professional service in partnering with The Jordan Legacy to make this survey happen.

In suicide prevention, a valuable practical action is talking about suicide — learning how to have that conversation, and then having that conversation — so, in that sense, talk is action!

When approaching MEL Research to undertake this survey, we wanted to ask questions relating to suicide which aren’t typically asked in other surveys. These questions uncovered information from a sample of more than 1500 adults, aged 18+, living in the UK, such as; two in five UK adults (42%) saying they have at some point had thoughts about taking their own life; one in five (20%) have ‘seriously considered’ suicide; one in eight (12%) have gone a stage further and planned how they would end their life; and one in fourteen (7%) say they have made a suicide attempt.

To view this research in full and the accompanying article, written and published by The Jordan Legacy’s Paul Vittles, please follow this link.

Jordan’s Space on Yowah Radio

Jordan’s Space is a 60-minute online radio show and every fortnight, on Thursday evenings from 7pm (GMT), you can join Steve Phillip, alongside members of The Jordan Legacy team, together with some very special guests, for an hour of conversation, music and above all hope.

This show does discuss themes of suicide and while listening, we’d encourage you to take care of yourself by stepping away from the show at any point, should you find the content triggering or uncomfortable to listen to. For support, please visit our website’s Help resources.

Links to all shows will be saved here until the launch of our new website by the end of 2022

Show 11 – ‘Turning life around’ with Steve Carr of Mindcanyon

From a young age, Steve experienced physical and mental abuse by his parents and then received the devastating news that his elder brother had been killed, along with 5 other children, by a drunk driver. These experiences led to Steve turning to drugs and then, 25 years later, the trauma of his brother’s death finally caught up with him – Steve suffered a complete workplace mental health breakdown while standing in front of a client.

Steve’s journey is one of hope though. Following multiple suicide attempts, he made the decision to walk the length of Britain to speak to people from all walks of life about their experiences of our mental health system. Steve presented his findings to 10 Downing Street but he didn’t receive the response he had hoped for.

Listen to the entire show below, including music tracks, which mean something special to Steve:

To learn more about Steve’s company Mindcanyon and his Suicide First Aid training you can visit his website here.

 

Show 10 – ‘The Power of Listening’ with Debbie Rogers of Sean’s Place

When it comes to mental health and suicide prevention, listening is a vitally important component. On this episode of Jordan’s Space, we talk with Debbie Rogers, founder of Sean’s Place in Liverpool. Debbie established Sean’s Place in 2020 just 5 months after losing her brother Sean to suicide in July of 2019. Listen to this truly inspiring episode, as Debbie explains how raw passion and a sense of injustice drove her to set up a place where men who are struggling with their mental health and suicidal thoughts can come to, feel listened to and receive the support they need. She achieved all this whilst raising 3 children, holding down a full-time job, arranging her brother’s funeral and dealing with a lengthy and difficult inquest into the failings of the NHS healthcare system which led to Sean’s suicide. This is truly a message of hope.

Listen to the entire show below, including music tracks, which mean something special to Debbie:

Listen to the show via Yowah Radio’s Podbean channel – this version is the interview only and no music:

To learn more about the inspiring things happening at Sean’s Place, you can visit their website here

 

Show 9 – ‘Speaking up and the need for a safe and supportive environment’ with Matt Caruana

What leads a young person at just 12 years old to lose all hope? Our guest for this show is a young man from Sydney, Australia, Matt Caruana.  In January 2016, aged just 16, Matt made an attempt to end his own life, which resulted in 35 injuries, including a severed spinal cord. He awoke from a coma 2 weeks later.

Matt’s very open interview with Jordan’s Space explores why, from the age of 12, Matt felt a complete lack of connection in the world and a total lack of reason to be alive. In a powerful message of hope, Matt also explains how a chance encounter with a total stranger following his suicide attempt, totally changed his view of life. He also talks about how he now delivers talks to schools and health care professionals across Australia and internationally, sharing his story to provide hope to other young people who may have lost theirs.

Listen to the entire show below, including music tracks, which mean something special to Matt

Listen to the show via Yowah Radio’s Podbean channel – this version is the interview only and no music:

To learn more about Matt, his story and the work he does, visit his website here


Show 8 – ‘Empowering employee wellbeing through data, insight and action’. With Harry Bliss, CEO of Champion Health

Our guest for this show is Harry Bliss, CEO and Co-founder of Champion Health. 

In 2018, a young man from Sheffield co-founded a ‘tech for good’ platform. He had a vision to bring all employee wellbeing into a single eco-space so that companies no longer had to invest in separate individual mental and physical health solutions, apps or support for their employees.

Listen as we interview Harry about how his ‘bedroom’ vision led to Champion Health operating in 124 countries worldwide, supported by a global advisory board and how one of his main motivations was the suicide of his business mentor in the very early days of Champion Health’s journey.

Listen to the entire show below, including music tracks, which mean something special to Harry:

 

Listen to the show via Yowah Radio’s Podbean channel – this version is the interview only and no music:

Show 7 – ‘Coping with loss’. With author Sue Henderson

Our guest for this show is Sue Henderson,  author of  Things Jon Didn’t Know About – Our life after my husband’s suicide 

Sue’s story is one of resilience, laughter and tears and an honest and open account of how she raised her two children as a single Mum and how, whilst they were still youngsters, she chose to be as honest as she possibly could about how their father died, when her children were just 19 days and 27 months old.

Listen to the entire show below, including music tracks, which mean something special to Sue, Jon, Cameron and Eilidh

Listen to the show via Yowah Radio’s Podbean channel – this version is the interview only and no music

Show 6 – ‘Why we must be able to trust universities to protect our children’ with Lee Fryatt of The LEARN Network and Suicide Bereavement UK. 

This broadcast coincided with the start of Freshers week at universities and features an interview with Lee Lee Fryatt, a former police inspector, whose 19 year old son, Daniel, died by suicide shortly after starting his first term at University in September 2018.

Lee talks about how he assumed that when Daniel was struggling with suicidal thoughts, that the university would contact his parents – they didn’t. Hear how Lee now works with other families, bereaved by suicide, to help ensure that all 200 universities in the UK implement a statutory duty of care to protect your children while they’re away from home and in their charge.

If you would like to support the petition, Lee refers to during the show, to create statutory legal duty of care for students in Higher Education, you can sign it here.

Listen to the entire show below, including music tracks, which mean something special to Lee and to Daniel

 

Listen to the show via Yowah Radio’s Podbean channel – this version is the interview only and no music

Show 5 – ‘I had to be perceived as being ok even though I wasn’t’ with Chris Haill of MindForce DXB and Just Reach Out 

This episode features an interview with 53 year old Chris Haill, who lives and works in Dubai. On January 2nd 2020, Chris made an attempt to end his own life and was saved only by the last minute intervention of members of a Facebook group he belonged and the Dubai police.

This interview is a raw and authentic account of how Chris has battled with depression for over 40 years whilst trying to live up to the male stereotype of being perceived as strong and not show weakness. This powerful account is a must listen for any man struggling with opening up about their mental health and for anyone supporting someone they are concerned about.

Listen to the entire show below, including music tracks, which mean something special to Chris.

Listen to Show 5 via Yowah Radio’s Podbean channel – this version is the interview only and no music

 

Show 4 – ‘Suicide through a child’s eyes’ with Police Sergeant Elaine Malcolm

On February 13th 1995, at just 12 years old, Elaine awoke, instinctively knowing something was wrong – later that day, Elaine’s father would leave a note with a couple close to where, just a short time later, he would end his own life.

This episode of Jordan’s Space speaks with Elaine as she talks, for the first time publicly, about her father’s suicide and the stigma her family experienced following his death.

We will also discuss what can be done to better safeguard and support children and young people who are struggling with their mental health and we’ll get an insight into how things are changing within the police force to provide better mental health support to officers and the general public.

Listen to the entire show below, including music tracks, which mean something special to our guest and to Jordan’s family and loved ones.

Listen to Show 4 via Yowah Radio’s Podbean channel – this version is the interview only and no music

Show 3 – ‘Burnout and the link with suicide ‘ with Dr. Sonia Hutton-Taylor 

For show 3, we’re talking with, Dr Sonia Hutton-Taylor. In 1990 Sonia set up Medical Forum an independent career guidance facility for doctors, following on from her early career as an ophthalmologist. Since then, she has worked at the junction of career guidance, occupational health and medical education. She describes the wellbeing – burnout continuum as her passion and has worked with many professionals who are experiencing varying degrees of burnout.

During the show we discuss what is burnout, who is most likely to experience it and how would you know if you were experiencing burnout?

Listen to the entire show below, including music tracks, which mean something special to our guest and to Jordan’s family and loved ones.

Listen to Show 3 via Yowah Radio’s Podbean channel – this version is the interview only and no music

 

Show 2 – ‘Life after loss’ with Dr. Sangetta Mahajan

Dr Sangeeta Mahajan is a Consultant Anaesthetist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, she also describes herself as a mental health activist and educator.

When a consultant anaesthetist tells you that there is no comparison between the level of funding and training provided for mental health compared with physical health and how she was let down by an NHS system she thought would protect her 20 year old son when he fell into a deep depression, then it’s time we all sat up and paid attention.

On October 16th 2014, Sangeeta lost her 20 year old son to suicide. This story is not just about loss, it’s about hope and how Sangeeta was able to reframe what life meant to her. Listen as she explains how finding how to have more compassion for herself led to her becoming, in her view, a better and more compassionate doctor.

Listen to the entire show below, including music tracks, which mean something special to our guest and to Jordan’s family and loved ones.

Listen to Show 2 via Yowah Radio’s Podbean channel – this version is the interview only and no music

Show 1 – ‘BatonOfHopeUK 2023’ with Mike McCarthy former journalist and co-founder of The BatonofHopeUK

Our first show talks about the build up to BatonOfHopeUK 2023 and features an interview with former BBC and Sky journalist and reporter, Mike McCarthy. Mike lost his 31 year old son, Ross, to suicide in February 2021. In this episode of Jordan’s space he shares his experience of grief and how he now channels this into helping prevent suicides through a number of initiatives, include TalkClub and BatonOfHopeUK. You can listen to the full show by clicking this link to Yowah Radio’s podbean channel.

 

Previous The Jordan Legacy events including recordings

On this page are links to recordings of previous events we have hosted during 2021/22:

As part of our ongoing #HopeForLifeUK initiatives for 2021/22, The Jordan Legacy has hosted several hugely successful virtual events, including the launch of our #HopeForLifeUK campaign in January 2021, with more than 350 registered to attend and another 430 for our Design Out Suicide panel (see below) discussion conference.

August 11th 2022 – a presentation and discussion event ‘Let’s Talk About Suicide?!’ 

Talking openly about suicide and suicide prevention is at the heart of the solution to reducing the number of suicides, but many people and organisations are uncomfortable about having such conversations.

  • How can we encourage and facilitate open communication around suicide and suicide prevention?
  • What is considered good practice when talking openly on such a sensitive subject? What are the pitfalls to avoid?
  • What has your experience been of ‘talking about suicide’?

This event focuses on this crucial topic, sharing what we have learned and inviting you to share what you have learned from ‘talking about suicide’ (or being uncomfortable talking about it!).

Earlier this year, The Jordan Legacy partnered with research agency MEL Research to carry out a survey among a nationally representative sample of 1,500 adults across the UK. We wanted to ask some of the questions that others appear reluctant to ask (including how many people have had suicidal thoughts), and to find out more about the experiences, knowledge and views of a cross-section of UK adults.

We will share other results from this survey at the event on 11 August. Some may surprise you, some may confirm what you knew already or suspected. All will provide food for thought, and will help foster further (open) conversations.

Recording here – you can watch the entire 90-minute presentation and discussion by clicking here.

March 29th 2022 – a live panel discussion event – ‘Tackling the mental health & suicide crisis among children & young people’

With more than 200 school children losing their lives to suicide each year, this live discussion panel, discussed a range of issues relating to children’s mental health and ask the question, why are so many young people taking their own lives?!

Below, are links to a recordings of the 2 panel group discussions

Part 1 of the event can be watched by clicking this link

Part 2 of the event can be watched by clicking this link

 

December 1st 2021 – To view recordings of our inspiring #HopeForLife Conference held in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, please click here 

Thursday September 30th 2021 – Creating Psychologically Safer Workplaces

A discussion panel event to explore the role companies should play in implementing effective employee wellbeing strategies and creating psychology safer workplaces for their employees to thrive in.

The panels were asked to consider two key questions; what does the term psychologically safe workplace actually mean and what is the problem that needs solving.

A recording of the discussion with Panel Group 1 can be found via this link

A recording of the discussion with Panel Group 2 can be found via this link

Friday June 25th 2021 – Life Saving Systems (Digital + Human) to Prevent Suicide

This event, with short talks and panel discussion, explored the positive and hopeful aspects of digital communications and technological developments in transforming suicide prevention, enabling early identification and intervention, and improving mental well-being. Recording available here

Retreats and Safe Spaces to Support Mental Wellbeing – 2021 Recording available here.

Wellbeing retreat

Design Out Suicide – (Past event) – Friday April 30th 2021, attracted more than 430 registrations to attend. Part 1. Recording available here / Part 2. Recording available here

Designing out suicide

 

Suicide First Aid (Open-Online) Courses

At The Jordan Legacy, we are really pleased to announce that we are now able to provide Suicide First Aid Courses, delivered by our partner, Steve Carr of MindCanyon.

Most people thinking of suicide do not want their lives to end, they want the pain to stop, therefore….

Most people thinking about suicide let others know, consciously or unconsciously.

Therefore if we knew the signs and how to respond…

Suicide has to be one of the most preventable deaths.

Talking or even listening to somebody talk about suicide can be scary, and sadly many folk think that asking a person if they’re thinking about suicide it may plant the idea in their head, this is a myth.

Join Steve Carr on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th of December (2-day course) 2022, online, for the next open course where he will teach the theory and practice of suicide intervention skills that can be applied in any professional or personal setting, captured in a one-day event accredited by City and Guilds of London.

This is the UK’s only externally accredited suicide prevention programme, on the Regulated Qualification Framework, this is the UK’s National Qualification in Suicide Prevention.

Course Content:

SFAUSI is comprised of 4 parts, each approximately 90 minutes duration.

The programme teaches and practices the skills and knowledge needed to identify someone who may be thinking about suicide and competently intervene to help create suicide safety as a first-aid approach.

Methods Of Learning:

This is a 6 -hour (over 2 days) online course, using tutor-facilitated class-based learning, tutor-led group work and audio-visual presentations.

Who should attend?

Multi-sector practitioners including health, housing, social care, education, criminal justice, call centre operators, private, voluntary and public sector workers and community member.

Course fee

The fee for this 2-day course is just £155 and tickets can be booked via this Eventbrite link.

Future course dates will be announced soon.

Hope For Life (UK) Conference 2021

On December 1st 2021, more than 130 people filled the Aire Room at the Pavilions of Harrogate in North Yorkshire for The Jordan Legacy’s first ever #HopeForLife (UK) Conference.

This event, which was also live-streamed to audiences on LinkedIn and Facebook, featured remarkable speakers sharing incredible stories of overcoming adversity and finding hope, even when all hope seemed lost at times.

The day also featured a hugely impactful and memorable male theatrical troupe, The Growth House UK, who explored male mental health and toxic masculinity through their powerful monologues and two stunning group performances.

Leeds based singer-songwriter, Melody Reed, provided a fitting backdrop to the conference, with 3 songs written especially for those struggling with their mental health and one specifically for this conference.

The event closed with a summing by founder, Steve Phillip, of  what The Jordan Legacy has achieved this year. He also provided a glimpse of what is to come during 2022.. Then, shortly after 4pm, BBC York’s Poet Laureate, Olivia Mulligan, came to the stage to read a poem she had written especially for Jordan’s Life Celebration event in August – the poem is called ‘Stay.’

This 4-minute highlights video will provide you with an idea of why so many people left the conference saying this was a life-changing event for them.

Recordings of all the speaker sessions available below:

Part 1 – Big Ian Donaghy / Jonny Benjamin

Featuring an introduction by Steve Phillip and Paul Vittles, with a message from our Minister for Care and Mental Health, Gillian Keegan. This video will then feature our first two keynote speakers, Big Ian Donaghy and Jonny Benjamin MBE. Click this link to view this part of the conference.

Part 2 – Debbie Rogers / The Growth House / James Ketchell

Our next speaker was the inspirational Debbie Rogers, founder of Sean’s Place in Liverpool, followed by an entertaining and impactful performance from the guys from The Growth House UK. This part of the conference recording ends with adventurer James Ketchell who showed why it’s always important to follow your dreams even when the odds are stacked against you. Watch out for the end of James’ talk as he raises thousands of pounds for The Jordan Legacy in the space of just over 5 minutes!! Click this link to watch this part of the conference.

Part 3 – Tanya Marwaha / Jonathan Gabay

This part of the conference starts with a wonderful musical interlude provided by Leeds based singer-songwriter Melody Reed, before moving on to some more messages of best wishes from several more supporters of The Jordan Legacy, including Country Music Artist Abby Miller and others such as Harry Bliss from Champion Health and Coronation Street Actress and Manager at Seed Eating Disorders Charity, Gemma Oaten, plus some other individuals and organisations who are doing amazing work in the mental health and suicide prevention sector.

The conference continued with a powerful talk by 20 year old Tanya Marwaha, founder of Championing Youth Minds, before concluding with Jonathan Gabay, who shared his experience of attempting suicide and the current mental health system. Click this link to watch this part of the conference.

Part 4 – Shona Hirons / The Growth House

As we move toward the latter stages of the day, Part 4 of our #HopeForLife Conference highlights includes a talk on overcoming several personal traumas from Shona Hirons, followed by more video messages from some more friends of The Jordan Legacy and mental health advocates. This part of the highlights recording also includes the second session from those amazing guys at The Growth House. Click this link to watch this part of the conference.

Part 5 – Steve Phillip / Olivia Mulligan / Melody Reed

In this closing section of the conference, founder of The Jordan Legacy, Steve Phillip, reflects on the past year and more and the accomplishments made by The Jordan Legacy and talks about his hopes and plans for the organisations future. The conference ends with a beautiful reading of poem called Stay, written especially by poet Olivia Mulligan, followed by one final song from Melody Reed. Click this link to watch this part of the conference.

 

Our line-up of speakers for #HopeForLife included:

James Ketchell

Having spotted James on BBC Breakfast news, hurtling around the skies with BBC sports reporter, Mike Bushell, on the back of his gyrocopter and after hearing his story, we thought he’d be a great speaker to provide inspiration to all those attending our first #HopeForLife Conference.

James is a record breaking aviator, adventurer, speaker and scouting ambassador and on 1st February 2014, he became the first and only person to have rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, successfully summit Mount Everest and cycle 18,000 miles around the world, in what the media dubbed ‘The Ultimate Triathlon’. He is also known for his record breaking circumnavigation of the globe in a gyrocopter to inspire a million young people in classrooms over the world to pursue their own goals and dreams.

Visit James’ website here

Jonny Benjamin

Jonny is an award-winning mental health campaigner, film producer, public speaker, writer and vlogger. His 2014 social media campaign with Rethink Mental Illness to #findMike, the man who talked him out of jumping off a bridge when he was suicidal, went viral and led to Jonny becoming a prominent spokesperson on the subject of suicide, as well as publishing his book The Stranger on the Bridge: My Journey from Suicidal Despair to Hope

Jonny’s The Book of Hope has brought together 101 contributors and celebrities from the fields of mental health, sports and wellbeing to share their experiences with poor mental health and importantly, what helps them when they are feeling low and what gives them hope.

Visit Jonny’s website here

Shona Hirons

A successful lawyer for more than 20 years, Shona was brought up to believe that the harder you worked and the more money you earned, the more successful you were. However, constant 80-hour weeks, led to exhaustion and burnout and eventually she collapsed and had a complete breakdown.

Shona’s breakdown would be more than enough for most people to cope with but within a few short years, she experienced 2 horrific cycling accidents, one of which placed her in an induced coma for 2 weeks and then she had major facial reconstructive surgery.

Her relationship with her husband (and carer) broke down and her injuries meant she could no longer continue her career as a lawyer. One night, she hit rock bottom and she felt the world would be a far better place without her in it. This is just part of Shona’s incredible story. Listen to Shona share her journey and how she rebuilt her life and career and is now working with businesses and Senior Execs to avoid and recover from burnout – Shona’s story will give you hope.

Visit Shona’s website here 

Jonathan Gabay

Jonathan Gabay is the founder and presenter of the popular global podcast, Thought and Leaders.

He is a staunch advocate for mental health issues affecting sufferers and their families.

Many of Jonathan’s podcasts (Which support and promote the Jordan Legacy) feature interviews with suicide prevention spokespeople, including Steve Phillip and Jonny Benjamin MBE. Jonathan has also interviewed numerous high profile spokespeople such as the British journalist, author, strategist and broadcaster Alastair Campbell and well known British Psychologist Professor Cary Cooper.

As someone who has first-hand experience of dealing with the NHS mental health system, Jonathan’s accounts of his experiences are powerful, heartfelt, and eye-opening.

Jonathan is regularly invited by the world’s media including BBC, CNN and many more, to discuss the psychological implications of the biggest business, royal, government and celebrity news stories and his observation of life is authentic, entertaining, useful, and ultimately motivating.

He has written 15 books – many studied at university level.

Visit Jonathan’s Thought and Leaders podcast site here

Big Ian Donaghy

Our conference opener and the most passionate of keynote speakers, Big Ian will make you smile, laugh and cry but above all, he’ll inspire and empower you to want to make a difference. He is more than a speaker, he is also a doer. He works tirelessly to raise dementia awareness and combat loneliness, always focusing on the individual, drawing on his experience of 20 years teaching young people with learning difficulties, and nearly 10 years in the world of care.

Big Ian is also a successful author of books, including A Pocketful of Kindness (featuring Jordan’s story), The Missing Peace and Dear Dementia.

Visit Big Ian’s website here

Debbie Rogers

In July 2019, Debbie lost her brother Sean to suicide – he was 34 years old. In the days leading up to his death, Debbie desperately tried to alert local health services about her concerns for his safety, without any adequate response. On that morning, she arrived at Sean’s home and instinctively knew her brother was gone. Debbie contacted the police who arrived and confirmed her worst fears.

From the trauma and grief of losing Sean, Debbie has become an incredible beacon of hope for men who are struggling with their mental health and feeling lonely and isolated. On January 30th 2020 Sean’s Place opened. Nominated for many awards since, Debbie and her team welcome men from across Sefton and Liverpool City Region to Sean’s Place, providing them with a vast range of engaging activities and sessions specifically identified to improve confidence and self-esteem for men whilst reducing symptoms of depression, stress and anxiety. Debbie’s sheer passion and enthusiasm will blow you away!

Visit Sean’s Place website here

The Growth House

The Growth House are a live performance and film production company that create socially-conscious art to uplift, empower and entertain audiences in the North of England. By blending movement, song, improvisation and audience interaction, they devise experimental live events that are part show, part protest and part party.

In 2018,The Growth House started A Manhood Project (A-M-P) to interrogate modern masculinity, loneliness and men’s mental health through films, music, poetry and theatre. A Manhood Project’s goal is to create work that promotes positive masculinity, educates communities and models some positive coping mechanisms to alleviate the futility of male suicide.

Visit The Growth House’s website here  Check out their Linktree to see more. 

Tanya Marwaha

Tanya is a university student who decided to pioneer youth mental health awareness during the pandemic from her bedroom. From a young age, Tanya struggled with her mental health as a result of developing long-term health conditions. Navigating mental health support as a young female in the South Asian community was a challenge due to the stigma and superstitions attached to mental health.

In March 2021 and despite receiving no funding or formal support, Tanya set up a youth-led non-profit organisation Championing Youth Minds. Championing Youth Minds has been providing free online resources, workshops and a safe space to over 400 young people across the UK and internationally. This summer Tanya launched a free 10 week virtual workshop program, open to all young people to both attend and host, to educate about mental wellbeing strategies.

Championing Youth Minds aims to bridge the gaps in our education system surrounding mental health education and shine a light on the topics that affect us young people today.

You can visit Championing Youth Minds here

Steve Phillip – Founder of The Jordan Legacy

The reason why we’re all here at the #HopeForLife Conference, Steve will tell his story, from the moment he received the call about Jordan’s suicide and the weeks of trauma that followed and why he chose to share Jordan’s story so publicly just a few weeks later.

Steve will share how one article on LinkedIn catapulted him into a world, which at first he wasn’t prepared for and how in the weeks and months that followed, he came to create The Jordan Legacy, which has already made a difference to many lives in a short period of time and has led to him being invited to speak to many groups and organisations, including Government departments such as The Cabinet Office, The Department of Health & Social Care, the Home Office and the MoD.

Steve will end the conference with his message of hope for the future.

You can connect with Steve on LinkedIn here

Melody Reed – Musician

Leeds based singer and musician, Melody, will be performing throughout the day, including this beautiful rendition of ‘But we do‘, a song she wrote to support those struggling with their mental health. It was comedian, Jason Manford, who inspired Melody to write this song! “We’d been to see him the night before and he opened up about his struggles with mental health! It was so emotional & inspiring I just had to write. Writing for me is a way of expressing and I feel I write better for other people for some reason. A lot of people I know suffer with mental health problems, so I wanted to help them by sharing a song that showed them they weren’t alone and that just because someone might look ok on the outside, it doesn’t mean they are!” 

Our Hope for Life branding

Scroll back up a little and take another look at the header image for this page – the words ‘Hope for Life’ are in Jordan’s own handwriting. Jordan’s family looked through birthday cards he’d sent, journals he’d written and even his suicide note, to see if we could find these 3 words and they did.

It was then down to Robyn Benham to work her magic and this is how she approached the task – “The brief for this project was to represent a part of Jordan by using his original writing, whilst creating a professional logo. In order to represent the characteristics shown in Jordan’s writing, I used a calligraphy pen and created a text which kept its handwritten personality. I applied a chalk finish to the motif element in order to maintain the style between both the logo text and symbol.”

“The aim of this logo was to represent the importance behind the people who make up the Jordan Legacy and their inspiring and vital message of Hope for Life.”

Robyn Benham – Creative Designer – website here

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Recording of: Retreats and safe spaces to support mental wellbeing – Event February 2021

A vision of the view from The Jordan Legacy Retreat

“What would you do if you won the lottery?” This was the question Jordan’s girlfriend, Charlotte, asked him, a few months before he took his own life. Jordan’s response suprised Charlotte – instead of saying I’d buy a sports car or a fancy house, he said “I’d build a retreat where people, who are struggling with their mental health could come to get well again”

That brief conversation has inspired us at The Jordan Legacy CIC to ensure we make Jordan’s vision become a reality.

On Friday, February 26th, The JordanLegacy held a live panel discussion with insights provided by leaders/founders of organisations who have created or are in the process of planning their own retreat or community safe space.

View the recording of this event by clicking here

A retreat or safe space can be a purpose built facility, where people are referred to or somewhere they can simply drop into, if their mental health is suffering, with or without an appointment. Safe spaces can be physical locations or virtual experiences, their purpose is the same – to provide a space for people who feel unwell to come and get well again.

Topics discussed during this event were:

  • What is a retreat or safe space?
  • How do retreats and safe spaces make a tangible difference to those struggling with their mental health?
  • What needs to be considered before embarking on such a project?
  • How do you develop and implement a plan to create your retreat or safe space?
  • What are the challenges you might need to anticipate along the way?
  • What are the rewards if your project is successful?

Our panelists shared some highly emotional and impactful stories about their journey’s and they included:

Debbie Rogers – Founder of Sean’s Place CIC (Liverpool)

Ellen O’Donoghue – CEO of James’ Place (London and Liverpool)

Chukumeka (Chukes) Maxwell – Action to Prevent Suicide CIC and Goodwill Farm, (Devon)

Leslie Kulperger – Founder of Myles Ahead (Toronto, Canada)

Natalie Howarth – Director of The Maytree Respite Centre (London)

Jason Rich – The Listening Cafe (Watford)

Charlotte Heathcote – Psychologist – The Jordan Legacy CIC

Amanda Vickers –  Consultant to social enterprises and charities

Paul Vittles – The Jordan Legacy CIC

Steve Phillip – Founder of The Jordan Legacy CIC

The recording of this event will appeal to you, if: mental wellbeing is important to you; you are considering creating a retreat or safe space; you are interested in learning more about such safe spaces for your own mental wellbeing or for someone you know.

This was a free event to attend, as is access to the recording, although we would greatly appreciate any level of donation from £1 upwards. We rely on donations to help us continue to work in the suicide prevention sector and help save lives.

Donations can be using the ‘Donate’ button, located in the orange band on The Jordan Legacy website’s Home page here

Will You Join Us for The Launch of #HopeForLifeUK Day 2021?

Images of Jordan - Suicide prevention

On Thursday, January 21st 2021 at 1pm (UK time), The Jordan Legacy CIC is launching its first officially recognised #HopeForLifeUK Day campaign and we’d like to invite you to join us at 1pm that day. 

#HopeForLifeUK Day will actually take place on December 4th 2021 and each year following. January 21st is the launch event for this campaign.

Unable to join live? You can still register and you will receive a recording of the event.

December 4th is an important day, as it’s when Jordan took his own life in 2019. Within months, The Jordan Legacy CIC was born with a vision to help create a desired state where deaths by suicide are rare events – we currently lose more than 800,000 people to suicide, globally, each year, that’s one person every 40 seconds.

Each suicide affects another 135 people who are either directly connected or associated in some way with the person who died. 38% of those bereaved by suicide will go on to harbour thoughts of taking their own life and 8% will attempt to do so. 

This situation has to change – we have to create more hope and more reasons for people to want to continue living and not consider suicide as a means to remove the temporary pain they are experiencing.

What is #HopeForLifeUK Day?

Each #HopeForLifeUK Day will of course reflect on Jordan’s life and what happened but it will also be about bringing people together, in Hope – hope that through The Jordan Legacy we can:

  • reduce the number of suicides which are increasing every year and provide people who are struggling with more reasons to want to live
  • all work together in our communities and workplaces, we can support others and be supported by them, when we are struggling
  • find ways to improve our mental health systems, processes and policies, so that those who have lost all hope don’t simply receive a 10-minute GP’s appointment and then are sent on their way with a prescription and a charity helpline number to call
  • encourage more people to open up and talk and that we can begin to remove the stigma surrounding poor mental health, particularly amongst men
  • positively impact on our children and their children, so they grow up believing in their own self-worth and the importance and value of their contribution in this world.

At this event, there will be an opportunity for you to share what #HopeForLifeUK Day means to you to and we will also be sharing more information about The Jordan Legacy’s Zero Suicide Community strategy and how you can be involved in helping to provide more people with more reasons to want to live.

To attend this event, please follow this link to register.

We would greatly appreciate any level of donation from £1 upwards. We rely on donations to help us continue to work in the suicide prevention sector and help save lives.

Donations can be using the ‘Donate’ button, located in the orange band on The Jordan Legacy website’s Home page here 

How the most recent Covid lockdown is affecting our mental health

Graph showing people experiencing suicidal thoughts in the past 2 weeks

December 2020 and The Mental Health Foundation has published its latest findings, relating to the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on people’s mental health. The full report can be accessed here and here are some of the key findings:

People are struggling with their emotional and mental wellbeing 

  • Almost half (45%) of the UK population had felt anxious or worried in the previous two weeks, which rose to 64% of respondents who have a pre-existing mental health condition.
  • A quarter of people (25%) reported feeling lonely in the previous two weeks.
  • Feelings of loneliness were higher in younger people too, with 38% and 34% of people aged 18-24 and 25-34 respectively, which has been consistently higher across all waves than the general population.
  • Seeing family freely (25%) or seeing friends freely (16%) were highlighted as ways that would help alleviate people’s feelings of loneliness.  Almost one in five (18%) of the population reported feeling hopeless and half (49%) reported feeling frustrated in the last two weeks.
  • However, 61% of people reported that either being kind to others or receiving kindness from others has a positive impact on their mental health.
  • Loneliness levels were also higher in people who are unemployed, full time students and single parents1 in each wave.

People are struggling to cope with COVID-19 restrictions 

  • There has been a slow decline since April in the populations’ ability to cope with the stress of the pandemic from 73% to 62% in late November.
  • Throughout our study the proportion of Young People reporting they are coping very well or fairly well as the restrictions have also continued to decline – from 64% in April to 49% in this Wave.
  • Of those who reported not coping with this stress well (17% overall), those who have pre-existing mental health condition(s) were more likely to not be coping very well or not at all well (37%).
  • Almost half (45%) reported that they feel unable to cope with the uncertainty of the pandemic
  • Whilst a quarter (26%) were worried about being able to cope with self-isolation.
  • Those who are unemployed are coping less well compared to the UK total sample.
  • Wave two highlighted that 73% of the UK total sample were coping very or fairly well with stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic, whereas only 55% of unemployed people were.
  • Coping levels have been consistently lower in unemployed people versus the UK total sample, highlighted in our most recent wave eight, where 62% of the UK total sample were coping very or fairly well, whereas only 51% of unemployed people are coping very or fairly well.

The study shows that almost nine out of ten (87%) of those who have experienced stress as a result of the pandemic reported that they were doing at least one activity to cope with the stress:   

  • For 56% of the population, going for a walk outside helped them cope with the stress of the pandemic in the last two weeks. This has been the top method of coping throughout the study’s eight waves.
  • Being able to visit green spaces helped for 42% of the population.
  • For nearly half of adults, contacting family (46%) and friends (43%) helped them cope with the stress of the pandemic.
  • Going for a walk (66%) and contacting family (65%) as a way of coping in the previous two weeks were highest for those over 70 years old.
  • Contacting family (67%) was the most popular coping method for women, whereas going for a walk was men’s top coping method (57%).
  • Limiting exposure to COVID-19 news (40%) and maintaining a healthy lifestyle (44%) (e.g. balanced diet, enough sleep, exercise etc.) were also cited as popular coping methods to cope with the stress of the pandemic in the previous two weeks.

People are worried and concerned  

The UK population feels uncertain about being separated from family and feelings of worry are increasing: 

  • Nearly half (44%) are worried about the mental health of their child(ren) and how this is being impacted by the pandemic.
  • Nearly a quarter (23%) are worried about looking after their children in case they get sick.
  • Over half (52%) are worried their future is going to be worse, which rises to 61% of people being concerned when thinking about the future of others their age.
  • These figures rise for people aged 18-24 and 25-34 with 57% and 55% being worried about their own future and 61% and 65% respectively being worried about others future, which reflects findings from our adolescent COVID-19 study where 57% of people aged 13-19 are worried about their own future and 67% are worried for the future of their peers.

Suicidal thoughts 

  • The proportion of people who had experienced suicidal thoughts or feelings in the previous two weeks had slightly increased from 10% to 13%. Figures were highest for people aged 18-24 (24%).
  • 10% who said they experienced these thoughts said they experienced them once or more a day.
  • 8% of people aged 18-24 reported that they had deliberately hurt themselves, which was a slight increase from the former wave.
All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 4,436 UK adults 18+. Fieldwork was undertaken between 26th and the 30th November 2020.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+). 

The One Team Government World Suicide Prevention Day Conference 2020

A wonderful cartoon image of speakers
On September 10th 2020, a quite remarkable event took place on World Suicide Prevention Day 2020 and The Jordan Legacy’s founder, Steve Phillip, played a key role.
The OneTeamGov network – a team of transformation managers in Government in the UK (and some in other countries) chose to invest in suicide prevention this year, especially concerned about the suicide risks from COVID19, and what can be done to avoid the COVID19 Crisis becoming a Suicide Crisis.
It was decided to have an event with a series of ‘short showcases’ to raise awareness and stimulate action. With ambitions to hopefully attract around 200 registered delegates. When numbers began to exceed 300, there was a sense that something special was taking place. On the day of the conference, registrations had surpassed all expectations, with more than 900 delegates booked to attend!
Speakers included top level members of Samaritans, the National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) and the Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA), along with the UK Chief Inspector of Railways, who recently committed his Department to donating 1 million volunteer hours to Samaritans.
A wonderful cartoon image of speakers
Angel Buron from Convivio Team Ltd created these wonderful sketches and collage of the conference speakers
It was agreed to have half of the Speakers with Lived Experience. 7 of the 14 Speakers were booked to ‘tell their stories’ of suicide loss and what they’ve done to try and prevent others having to experience the pain of suicide loss.
Communications lead for OneTeamGov, Sam Villis. explains in this blog post, why this event was created. You’ll also be able to see the full agenda on that day.
Given the challenging nature of the subject matter, it was a emotionally charged afternoon. A decision had already been made though to create a ‘safe space’ for the speakers and support was also on hand, including 100 Mental Health First Aiders, partnering for the event.
As the conference got underway, it suddenly became clear that other speakers – not billed as ‘Lived Experience’ -were opening up about how their lives had been impacted directly by suicide. For some, this was the first time they had shared their story publicly.
The video below is a recording of the 3-hour conference, which you can either watch in its entirety or scroll the timeline bar to move forward to specific speakers of interest.

Videos of individual speakers can be also searched for on YouTube, on an easy-to-access playlist.
The two most ‘popular’ (in terms of feedback from those who attended – heart wrenching tragedies turned into inspiring practical actions full of hope) were Steve’s own story about Jordan (see below)

and Debbie Rogers, who lost her brother Sean to suicide in July 2019. Debbie created Sean’s Place in Liverpool – a wonderful environment, where men can come together and get involved in a range of inclusive activities and talk about the challenges they’re experiencing with their mental health. Steve and Debbie are in regular contact and Steve is planning to visit Sean’s Place later in 2020 to learn how some of what Sean’s Place is achieving could be applied to creating The Jordan Legacy’s Retreat.

Debbie’s talk is totally inspiring and a must watch below.

It’s About Taking Action

Although the conference itself was hugely successful, it’s really about what happens afterwards and The Jordan Legacy’s partner, Paul Vittles has put together this excellent Resources Pack, which includes information on the following topics:

  1. General reading and resources
  2. Crisis services and practical support
  3. Suicide prevention organisations
  4. Diversity and inclusion organisations and initiatives
  5. Practical resources, training and sharable video
  6. Suicide bereavement services
  7. Workplace mental health
  8. Resources for those outside of the UK
  9. Our speakers as ‘resources’!

Do you want to help us make a difference? At The Jordan Legacy we understand that suicide is a practical act, therefore, suicide prevention requires practical actions.

The conference is now a memory and in Jordan’s memory, we need to rally around a call to action and what better way to do that by sharing this ‘call-to-action’ article by Paul Vittles, which explains about the global ‘Zero Suicide Community’ and the work being done to hopefully ensure that suicide becomes a rare event in our lives and that more of those we love continue to live long and fulfilling lives.

Samaritans – latest media guidelines for reporting suicide

Samaritans' guidelines for reporting suicide

The question is often asked; ‘If I ask someone if they’re considering suicide, will it increase the chances they’ll carry this through?’ The answer is; rarely, if ever and there will be situations where it’s important for you to be that direct with someone.

However, when it comes to writing and reporting suicide, there is a risk that providing details of the circumstances of a suicide or sensationalising the event or suicides in general, can be a problem.

In their most recent Media Guidelines, the Samaritans say that ‘research evidence shows that certain types of media depictions, such as explicitly describing a method , sensational and excessive reporting , can lead to imitational suicidal behaviour among vulnerable people. In contrast, coverage describing a person or character coming through a suicidal crisis can serve as a powerful testimony to others that this is possible, and can encourage vulnerable people to seek help. Samaritans’ media guidelines for reporting suicide offer practical advice on how to reduce the risk of media coverage negatively impacting on people who may be vulnerable.’

To view the Samaritans’ complete ‘media guidelines for reporting suicide’ click this link

 

Jordan’s Birthday

Photo of Jordan with his beloved cat Tabby

July 11th 2020

This is a moment we could never have contemplated happening – Jordan’s 35th birthday but without him here with us. Devasting doesn’t quite cut it, it’s unfathomable, unbelievable, heartbreaking. The sense of loss on this day will be immeasurable, it simply isn’t right. However, it is the reality of what, in our heads, we know to be true but in our hearts we can’t accept.

On Saturday, Julie, Danielle, Matt, Dylan and Samuel, Margaret (Nana), Charlotte, Laurence and I are meeting at Torrisholme Cemetery for some quiet time ‘with’ Jord. We’ll be tying some red balloons to a stake by his stone, with messages from each of us and taking some time to be as close to Jordan, in a physical sense, as we can be, as well as in an emotional and spiritual sense too of course.

This page though, has been created for you. We wanted to enable anyone who knew and loved Jordan to be able to celebrate his life by coming to this page and reading thoughts from his family and friends.

Although we realise you may well be having your own private reflection and perhaps raising a glass (or two) in Jord’s memory, we would love you to leave a comment – only if you wish to of course – below.

What are your happiest memories of your time with Jordan – maybe at Uni (thanks for these brilliant photos JC), at a previous birthday or some other time you spent with this incredible young man. We’d love to hear from you.

Happy Birthday Jordan, we’re missing you more, today than ever, and we send you all our love.

 

Dad xxx

“When you walk through fields of poppies and see a rainbow touch the ground, know that this is my love guiding you to the peace that I have found”   Taken from the words on Jord’s stone