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
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
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 in the autumn of 2022
Show 1 – ‘BatonOfHopeUK 2023’ was first broadcast on 7th July 2022
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.
Show 2 – ‘Life after loss’ was first broadcast on 21st July 2022
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 3 – ‘Burnout and the link with suicide ‘ was first broadcast on Thursday 4th August 2022
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
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 the 3rd and 4th of September (2-day course) 2022, online, on 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.
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.
When Mike McCarthy and Steve Phillip, two fathers, bereaved by suicide, got together with mental health champion Ian McClure and suicide prevention advocate, Paul Vittles, to discuss how they could, collectively, make a real and meaningful impact on preventing suicides, it was always likely that something significant was going to happen! None of them quite expected that their conversation would become potentially one of the biggest suicide awareness initiatives the UK has ever experienced.
It was Mike, who raised the possibility of doing a march, possibly to Downing Street that led to a conversation with the others about what the aim of a march would be? They all agreed that it would need to be non party political but it needed to make a powerful statement if it was truly to make an impact and significantly raise awareness about suicide.
But, it also had to be more than simply raising awareness – this initiative needed to open up the conversation around suicide in a way that would motivate people to want to do something practical and that would make a measurable difference.
Following that first conversation in December 2021, within a matter of weeks, the #BatonOfHopeUK went from concept to vision, to mission, to a plan.
Welcome to BatonOfHope
Mike lost his 31 year old son Ross to suicide in February 2021, following a 10 year battle with depression. Steve also lost his 34 year old son to suicide in December 2019, following a long period of clinical anxiety and depression.
Suicide is the biggest killer of men, aged 35-49 in the UK, it is also the second biggest killer of young men aged 15-29 in the world. Suicide does not simply effect men of course. More women experience clinical depression and attempt to take their own lives, with female suicide rates the highest in the UK since 2004.
We mustn’t forget our young people either; the modal age for male suicides on our railways (rail network deaths account for 45% of all suicides) is currently 22. Referrals for self-harm in young people is now at the highest levels since the pandemic began and CAMHS is struggling to keep up with number of enquiries they’re receiving.
Both Mike and Steve are motivated by the personal loss of their own sons. Ian and Paul have also had their own lived experience of trauma, mental health and suicide and have worked extensively in the suicide prevention sector.
What is #BatonOfHopeUK?
The initial concept was founded with a clear belief and understanding that most suicides are preventable, a view shared by many others working in the world of suicide prevention;
“Suicide is never inevitable. It is preventable right up to the final moment” – Source: Professor Rory O’Connor
At the end of June 2022, the BatonOfHopeUK will be officially announced as the UK’s biggest ever suicide awareness and prevention event, touring all 4 nations between June 25th and July 8th 2023. We are now looking to speak with individuals and organisations to act as ambassadors for the #BatonOfHopeUK 2023.
The BatonOfHopeUK is a not-for-profit organisation. Its primary purpose is to help achieve a society where suicides are very rare events by raising awareness about suicide and suicide prevention, opening up conversations about suicide and suicide prevention, and encouraging appropriate action.
One of the world’s top trophy designers (and goldsmiths to the Queen) has agreed to design and create a baton that will travel the length and breadth of the UK. A major events management and marketing company is helping to build the #BatonofHopeUK brand and the website, which will go live at the end of June 2022. Our aim is to seek to change the conversation around suicide, smash the stigma, highlight existing support and leave a lasting legacy of practical improvements in the field of suicide prevention.
We also want to communicate just how important (and overlooked) the issue of suicide is. From a “soft” public launch at the end of this month, we aim to reach a crescendo during which the #BatonofHopeUK will tour England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the Summer of 2023.
Do you share our vision and ambition? Would you like to be an important part of the #BatonOfHopeUK? Could you help spread the word or perhaps help coordinate regional activities? Are there other ways you’re already thinking about, where you could help us make this the nation’s biggest suicide prevention campaign ever? Do you have particular skills, knowledge, contacts, etc that you think might be especially relevant? Together we can bring about real change.
During the next few months, we will be holding a series of presentations, outlining our plans and sending out invitations to those who would like to take part. If you would like to be considered as an ambassador for the #BatonOfHopeUK or support this event in any other way, we will be providing full details when our new website launches by the end of June 2022.
Remember London 2012?
For anyone living in the UK in 2012, the Olympic torch bearing processions were one of the highlights of that summer’s games. People flocked to the roadsides or watched on screens, as a white-track suited individual, who had their own special life-story, carried the golden aluminium, triangular torch through their local town or city before handing it on to another torch bearer, dressed in the same white Olympic track suit.
The passing of the Olympic torch brought a sense of togetherness and community around the country. It was a symbol of hope and expectation of what could be achieved together for those participating and those watching on from the roadside. The #BatonOfHope will do the same to inspire hope that, collectively, we can move toward a Zero Suicide society where suicides are rare events
“People attempt to take their own life when they feel trapped and there is no way out” ; Professor Rory O’Connor
Please follow the hashtag #BatonOfHopeUK on social media for regular updates. You can also subscribe to The Jordan Legacy website to receive direct updates on the #BatonOfHope and other projects relating to our work in helping prevent suicides.
More information about the #BatonOfHope coming soon.
The Jordan Legacy CIC and Thrive Law have teamed up to work on a joint initiative, which aims to help 100 employees become Mental Health First Aiders during 2021-22.
Next course dates are on a Tuesday and Wednesday and on: September 6th and 7th / November 8th and 9th
Scroll down to book yourself or one of your team onto any of the above course dates
Our aim is to train at least 100 people during 2021 and 2022. In line with The Jordan Legacy and Thrive’s combined mission of making a practical difference, this initiative is not just about training up MHFA’s and then leaving them to fend for themselves, as often, some organisations are unable to provide MHFA’s with the support they need, especially where there are only one or two members of staff being trained.
“Absolutely amazing course. Not only have I developed a massive understanding around mental health and supporting those in a number of situations, I know how to further look after myself and somehow feel mentally refreshed leaving the course.”
This online training seeks to deliver:
Access to high quality, certified MHFA training
A supportive community of MHFAs
Post training follow up and support for all MHFAs through this scheme
Seeks to deliver a strong MHFA community peer group, to continually improve their skills and knowledge whilst learning from one another
Normally the cost of the MFHA training alone is £300 plus VAT (£360). The good news is, that we are able to provide the MHFA training, together with the additional community and peer to peer support for £399 inclusive of VAT (for an additional £39 you know you or your MHFA staff will receive extra support following on from thee training)
“All of my course mates were so vital to my learning, we all had such unique experiences, everyone was so lovely. The knowledge I have is to important and I am proud to know I could deal with a situation should it arise to the best of my ability.”
About this course
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a training course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue.
MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.
You’ll learn to recognise warning signs of mental ill health, and develop the skills and confidence to approach and support someone while keeping yourself safe.
You’ll also learn how to empower someone to access the support they might need for recovery or successful management of symptoms. This could include self-help books or websites, accessing therapy services through their GP, their school or place of work, online self-referral, support groups, and more.
What’s more, you’ll gain an understanding of how to support positive wellbeing and tackle stigma in the world around you. This online course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider, giving you:
An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing
Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support – whether that’s self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix
Certification to say you are a Mental Health First Aider
A manual to refer to whenever you need it
A quick reference card for the Mental Health First Aid action plan
A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health
“From a learning perspective, I found the material very comprehensive and clear, with easy to remember diagrams and acronyms, which gives me confidence I will be able to apply what I learned going forward even if in a distant future.”
This is an online course delivered through the MHFA England Online Learning Hub
Learning takes place through four live training sessions, spread across two days and includes self-learning activities
Each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan
Next courses date for 2022
July 5th and 6th (Tues-Wed) – sorry, this course has been cancelled
September 6th and 7th (Tues-Wed)
November 8th and 9th (Tues-Wed)
How to book onto this course
Each course is limited in size to the first 14 people to secure their place – course places do fill quickly.
This course is open to anyone and we often have people join who reside outside of the UK. If you are attending the course outside of the UK, kindly note we will require a UK registered address for the learning materials to be posted to you.
Sponsor one of your employees
If you are an employer and you would like to sponsor one or more of your own employees to become a MHFA please click here
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Sponsor someone to become a mental health first aider
Would you like to donate to The Jordan Legacy MHFA100 fund? By donating a minimum of £50 you will be helping us to create a grant fund, which will enable to us support someone to be able to access this course who may otherwise not be able to. To donate click here
To register your interest in attending any of our future course dates or if you have any other questions please message us here.
“To say Tara (our MHFA England trainer) was ‘very good’ is a disservice to her – she deserves ‘excellent’ because of her warm and welcoming approach as well as her expertise as a facilitator; everyone on the course was great to work with for the two days and I can’t recommend enough that people should attend. It felt invaluable and I’ll always remember these skills no matter what setting I’m in. Thank you for everyone involved in making this possible but especially Tara”
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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:
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.
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 Hopehas 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.”
“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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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+).
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.
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:
General reading and resources
Crisis services and practical support
Suicide prevention organisations
Diversity and inclusion organisations and initiatives
Practical resources, training and sharable video
Suicide bereavement services
Workplace mental health
Resources for those outside of the UK
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.
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
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.
“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
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