As part of our discussions for Mental Health Awareness Day on 10th October, we’d like to introduce you to one of our Health & Wellbeing Coaches, who work closely with participants to support them with their mental health whilst on their journey towards employment. Because we believe that people who feel good can go on to achieve amazing things!

Jo Wilding- Health & Wellbeing Coach, working on the Restart Scheme in Cornwall.

  • Tell us about your role and what you love about it?

“My role involves delivering various workshops and 1:1 sessions with participants in the hope that I can improve their overall wellbeing. I love meeting the participants and listening to their individual story. But, the real love for me is hearing and seeing the positive changes they make in order to be able to move forward with their lives. That is just the most amazing feeling.”

  • What was your first or most interesting job?

“I was a Combat Medic in the British Army for 12 years. I served in Iraq in 2003. It was an amazing experience to serve our Country….albeit I did join for a £100 bet!”

  • Describe something interesting about yourself.

“I absolutely adore ironing! I find it so therapeutic. Plus, it provides me with a great sense of satisfaction when it is all put away and the basket is empty…even if it is just for a couple of days!”

  • What is something that you’re proud of this month?

“I have recently joined a gym, not only to help me with losing weight but also for my own wellbeing. It gives me a little bit of ‘me’ time away from being a mum, whilst also improving my fitness.”

  • What do you do to feel good/look after your mental health?

“I love walking my dog Loki on the beach, which we have in abundance here in Cornwall. My daughters can run and burn off energy with Loki and I get to watch and listen to the waves.”

  • What immediate advice would you give to someone who is feeling like they are struggling with their mental health?

“Talk to someone. No one should ever feel they have no one to talk to. Whether it is a friend, family member, work colleague or a professional. Talking really does help!”


The Restart Scheme is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions.

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