Hope For Life Day Conference

Wednesday, 01 Dec 2021 @ 11:00 Past Event
Hope For Life Day Conference
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Speaker - Jonny Benjamin MBE

Jonny is an award-winning mental health campaigner, film producer, public speaker, writer and vlogger.

At the age of 20 he was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar, and later began making films on YouTube about the condition that have been watched by millions of people.

Jonny now speaks publicly about living with mental illness and has written articles and given various interviews on TV, Radio and in print around the world to help educate and break stigma. He has also produced and presented documentaries on BBC Three and Channel 4 on the subjects of mental health and suicide.

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.

In 2016 Jonny launched ThinkWell, a mental health programme for schools, which has so far been into secondary schools across the UK with huge success.

Jonny spent 2017 writing the first of 2 books on mental health that was published in May 2018. His second book, The Book Of Hope, will be a collection of quotes, poems and stories by himself and others to inspire recovery and hope. It will be published in April 2021.

In 2018 Jonny launched his new youth mental health charity, Beyond. The charity is a grant-giving organisation that aims to provide mental health support to young people, their families and teachers. It is being led by a Youth Board, who together with Jonny, created the UKs first mental health festival for schools and colleges in early 2021.

For more information about the incredible work Jonny does, you can visit his website here

Speaker - James Ketchell

James Ketchell is a record breaking aviator, adventurer, speaker and scouting ambassador.

On 1st February 2014, James 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.

More recently in 2019 the British adventurer flew himself into the Guinness World Records when he became the first person to fly an officially ratified circumnavigation of the globe in his open cockpit gyrocopter. The mission was to inspire a million young people in classrooms over the world to pursue their own goals and dreams.

It was an inauspicious start for James; in 2008 he was recovering from a serious motorcycle accident that had left him with broken legs and a severely broken and dislocated ankle. The prognosis was that he would likely suffer a permanent walking impairment and would certainly not be able to continue the active physical lifestyle he had so enjoyed.

Not all James adventures have been easy! He survived two mid ocean rescues and on one he found himself clinging to a rope ladder on the side of a 100,000-tonne oil tanker as he climbed to safety in storm force winds in the Indian Ocean.

Having spent much of his teenage years struggling with no ambition and very little confidence, leaving school with no qualifications and spending most of his early days in bed. James has spent the last ten years passionately working to inspire young people, as well as sharing his lessons learned with companies around the world.

For more information about James, his

*Any cancelation due to lockdown restrictions will result in a full refund of the value of your ticket'

Imagine an event filled with people who have saved lives - each person called to the stage or streamed live, via online video call, has done something amazing to save the life of someone, perhaps even someone they didn't know.

The reality

Each year almost 1 million people take their own lives somewhere in the world. In 2019, 6591 men and women in England died by suicide - 75% of these were men. In fact, suicide is the biggest killer of men aged under 45 and the highest suicide rate is men aged 45-49.

Even the young are struggling, with suicide accounting for almost 1600 deaths of people aged under 35 in the UK each year - reports suggest that loneliness plays a key part in many young people's decision to end their own lives, with those aged 16-24 often feeling more lonely than older age groups.

#HopeForLife(UK) was launched as a project, by The Jordan Legacy CIC , on January 21st 2021 (see a recording of the launch event on this website page) to encourage people from local communities and businesses to undertake activities or initiatives that will have a positive impact on those struggling with their mental wellbeing or who may be contemplating suicide.

This conference will showcase all of the initiatives which have taken place, under the banner of The Jordan Legacy, during 2021, demonstrating the impact each one has had in helping prevent suicides.

This event is about hope

This is ultimately an event with the emphasis on 'Hope'. A line -up of inspiring speakers, including those who have lived with their own mental health issues or have been faced with having to support someone they love who is struggling with their mental wellbeing. We will hear powerful stories from survivors of suicide attempts and how they value life now more than ever. Those who have lost loved ones to suicide will talk of they now live around their grief and how they've been able to continue living, despite their life being completely shattered in pieces. These stories will make you think, they'll make you cry and at times, they'll even make you laugh, as you discover how the power of humour can help us cope with even the most difficult of times.

You will leave this conference feeling inspired and with hope in your heart, knowing that this world is not a bad place and that there are some incredible people, doing some amazing things, under the most challenging of circumstances. You will also go away from this event understanding how you can make a difference to someone you know or even a complete stranger, who may be struggling with their mental health or considering endig their own life.

Our Why

We will also be sharing The Jordan Legacys plans for 2022. The Jordan Legacy was established in 2020 by Steve Phillip, the father of Jordan Phillip, who took his own life on December 4th 2019.

Early speaker line-up includes:

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