A vision of the view from The Jordan Legacy Retreat

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

“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