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.