Jordan shows Town's backing on World Suicide Prevention Day
Jordan Spence visited Suffolk Mind and the Samaritans this afternoon to support the great work both charities undertake.
The Town defender dropped into an all-day long event at Quay Place to attend workshops put on by local mental health charities. The event raised awareness of World Suicide Prevention Day and the help available to people in Suffolk who are experiencing suicidal thoughts.
Last month the Club announced via social media that they would be working closely with Suffolk Mind and Samaritans. Town players including Jordan and manager Paul Hurst were involved in a powerful video to raise awareness of mental health issues – to our fan base and beyond.
“It’s important to raise awareness for charities, especially local, that are looking to make a difference,” Jordan told the Club website.
“We have to remove stigmas of things like what it means to be a man - that's just one example. Everyone should be talking about their feelings and if speaking to others helps then that’s what we need to encourage.
“The video we did a while ago was well received and had a good reach, and I know the boys are keen to continue to support institutions and charities like we’ve seen today.”
Jon Neal, chief executive of Suffolk Mind, added: “We want to make Suffolk the best place in the world for talking about mental wellbeing, and that means working towards zero suicides in our county.
“People contemplating suicide often feel they have run out of hope and options. Part of our role is to encourage them to think again and realise that people are here to help.”
Town will continue to work with both charities, which will include a dedicated matchday for the Samaritans on Saturday, November 24 against West Bromwich Albion.
The Club's video can be seen here.