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