Dealing with a personal tragedy on LinkedIn
On December 4th 2019 Steve Phillip received the kind of call we all dread. He was informed his son Jordan had committed suicide.
As Steve reeled from the shock and devastation he turned to the place he knows best…LinkedIn.
This week I had the chance to have a chat with Steve about how he has found comfort in sharing his story on LinkedIn. We have both been LinkedIn trainers for over 10 years but even we were both shocked at how his Articles and posts have virally spread, touching people’s lives throughout the world.
On one level, this is a deeply sad story but on another level it gives us hope about the goodness of human nature and shows us just what a force for good LinkedIn can be.
This is a special episode in memory of Jordan Phillip and as such I’m not going to cover new features, post of the week etc.
Steve followed up this article with a series of posts, each reflecting his evolving state of grief. The most powerful of those, for me, was this document post which is an open letter to his son.
Steve also mentioned Eleanor Goddard and you have view her posts by clicking on the image below
Steve is now back at work but he is also focussing much of his energy in setting up the Jordan Foundation. If you want to help with this cause you can donate by clicking on the image below;
Seriously considering suicide? Visit your local hospital’s A&E department or ask for an Emergency Doctor’s appointment.
Alternatively, call The Samaritans – https://www.samaritans.org/ (UK and Ireland) for free on 116 123.
Other resources –
- CALM – Campaign Against Living Miserably – (England) run a free, confidential and anonymous helpline offering help, advice and information to anyone who is struggling or in crisis https://www.thecalmzone.net/.
- MIND https://www.mind.org.uk/ provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem, including depression and anxiety.
That’s all for this week, stay safe in these testing times. Don’t shake hands with anyone for a while but do pick up the phone to loved ones and check how they are feeling.