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Deborah Wood, Life coach: Five things I would change about Jersey

Deborah Wood, Life coach: Five things I would change about Jersey

Friday 25 October 2019

Deborah Wood, Life coach: Five things I would change about Jersey

A life coach, who recently returned to Jersey after six years searching for life's "true meaning" in India following the death of her husband, is sharing the ways she'd like to improve life for all islanders.

Shortly after moving to the Himalayas, Deborah started visiting different temples and taking yoga classes.

Having become a grief counsellor and life-coach, she then co-founded ‘Ask Life Clarity’, which brings together a team of teachers and coaches, so that she could share what she'd learned during her bereavement journey to the benefit of others.

This time, though, she has shared her views on how she would help transform Jersey...

1. Make mental health a priority

Mental health needs to become a top priority and there needs to be more awareness that there are other solutions to pills and medications such as talking.


Pictured: Deborah wants to break the taboo around mental health.

I believe the word “mental” prevents people from talking openly about the subject as there is a stigma attached to mental health, so maybe if phrases such as “mind health” or “mind your mind” were used, more people would start talking and expressing instead of suppressing how they feel.

We need to break the silence so mental health isn’t taboo. 

2. Cut the waiting lists!

The waiting lists for people with mental health problems are too long in Jersey, which is one of the reasons I have returned.

woman waiting alone

Pictured: The waiting lists for people with mental health problems are too long, according to Deborah.

I’ve been inundated, in India, by islanders desperate for help, fast, as the lengthy waiting lists are adding to their anxieties. I would like to see waiting lists reduced for those who are facing real challenges in their lives.

3. "Your health is your wealth"

Becoming self-aware is so important. I would love people to live their lives in a more blissful and meaningful way, away from all the life challenges holding them back.


Pictured: Deborah wants islanders to live blissful and meaningful lives.

Life is too short. Health and wellbeing should become top priorities for everyone in Jersey, a beautiful island, a safe and wealthy island. But, at the end of the day, your health is your wealth.

4. More support for parents

It would be fantastic to see more support for parents in Jersey. In Ireland, where I was born and grew up, family is everything and large families are always around to offer extra support.


Pictured: Deborah thinks the whole community should support parents and families who need it.

But in Jersey there are many parents, who have moved to the island from elsewhere, who don’t have that family support network close by and often struggle without support. This is where, we as a community can help to step-in and offer support to our parents and families who need it. 

5. Show yourself some love

Love is such a powerful energy and I would love our community in Jersey to start using this energy more often.


Pictured: "Our community needs to fall in love with itself."

Our community needs to fall in love with itself because by allowing each of us to cherish our own existence we can create and sustain truly happy and meaningful relationships and help to build a happier community and future. 

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and not the Bailiwick Express.

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Posted by Cleone Steadman on
I have known Debbie as a close friend for over a decade .
In that time Deborah has had her own personal life challenges to overcome. She lost her husband aged 34 after less than a year into the married life together in a tragic sudden death .
Debbie decided to embark on a new journey and life in india where she learned how to deal with her personal loss and grief in a way that wasn't about just rebuilding her life without Darren but about opening the new door she was facing and walking through the stages of grief and accepting and understanding that she now how to learn how to be happy once again not only for herself but to honour Darren her late husband .
India was where she stayed for 5 years and in that time I been able to watch from afar her new self love of life and herself .
She studied hard and qualified as a life coach, councillor , therapist and yoga master .
Running her own retreat in the Himalayas for 4 years and spending her final year in Goa where she fully qualified in grief and trauma counselling .
I have been able to attend a few very special workshops live from india and in jersey . Debbie offers an open mind and her non judgemental and warm approach makes anyone in her company feel instantly at ease .
She is able to relate to each individual person on a 1-1 level where she has a unique way of getting to the root cause of anyone's personal struggle with complete focus and direct communication skills always achieving the outcome of a positive feeling , providing answers and tools to support each person to gain the clarity they have never had .
Happiness , understanding, acceptance, self love , forgiveness are all main elements Debbie concentrates on to help each person achieve their best life and best of themselves.
Debbie also runs workshops to promote healthier lifestyles which runs hand in hand with the 1-1 sessions .
Personally I completely advocate and support Debbie's approach and qualified skills to help anyone struggling .
As she always says it's not ok not be ok !. Everyone deserves to be fully happy and to have the tools to support them through any challenges they have which is keeping them stuck and get them out of it .
I am so excited that Jersey has some as unique as Debbie her to make such a difference and change so many mindsets and lives for the better.
Jersey has gained a new level of the Deborah that left 5 years ago and a woman with only good intentions that wants to support islanders to have a happier healthier life .
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