Seddon marks one year of Jordan’s Conversation during Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

Seddon hosted activities across its sites during this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week to mark one year since the business launched its mental health initiative, Jordan’s Conversation…

Seddon have been an advocate for encouraging conversation around mental health since one of its
team members, Jordan Bibby, took his own life in 2017. In response to this tragic event, and in partnership with registered charity Mates in Mind, Seddon launched Jordan’s Conversation in May 2018.

As part of this initiative, Seddon organised a “toolbox talk” for staff, a session that is designed to raise awareness of mental health across the company. They also formed a team of mental health first aiders, trained to recognise the signs that colleagues may be struggling and need help.

On Tuesday 14th May, Seddon hosted a ‘Big Hug’ at its Plodder Lane headquarters – a heart-warming event which saw more than 130 staff, as well as Jordan’s mum Melanie and family, take part. This involved passing a hug around the grounds, a symbol for encouraging staff and associates to share what’s going on in their lives more openly with colleagues.

To celebrate the roll out of the initiative so far, Seddon have encouraged their employees, clients and partners to take part in #Take10at10.  A campaign to encourage colleagues to talk over a cup of coffee and get to know each other better, as this is key to being able to recognise the first signs of someone struggling.

Nicola Hodkinson, Director of business services, Seddon, said:

“Jordan was a well-loved friend and colleague, and as a company we wanted to do whatever we could to prevent such a tragedy happening again. So far we have delivered Jordan’s Conversation toolbox sessions to more than 300 employees, helping to ingrain discussions around mental health awareness at the heart of our company culture. By investing time, care and attention in our people, we’re giving them the best chance of succeeding both personally and professionally. We are immensely proud of where we have taken this initiative so far, and look forward to continuing to make progress as the years go on.”

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