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Ex-professional footballer Clarke Carlisle gives talk to Jackson staff on mental health

Jackson Civil Engineering has launched a series of events aimed at improving the health, safety, and wellbeing of its workforce.

They are in support of the Stop. Make a Change campaign, running from 11th to 22nd October, which encourages companies to temporarily cease work to participate in sessions aimed at building a healthier, safer construction industry.

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The fortnight-long initiative, which coincides with World Mental Health Day and the European Week for Safety and Health, includes a talk from ex-professional footballer Clarke Carlisle and his wife Carrie (see main pic), who on Tuesday delivered a powerful and inspiring online session on what it’s like to live with a mental illness.

Despite enjoying some real highs in his career playing for teams like Leeds and Burnley, Clark also suffered some terrible lows leading to him trying to take his life on several occasions. But, after finding the right support, medication and therapy, today Clark is in a much better place and committed to using his experiences to inform others.

In the second week, experts from NHS Suffolk are giving two 45-minute long Teams talks on men’s and women’s health.

Jackson’s Head of HR and Training Claire Chattenton said: “Jackson is committed to promoting employee wellbeing and raising awareness of mental health across the business. We want our people to look after themselves and others, and we hope by running these sessions that we can help them to do this.”