Choices has helped me mentally prepared me to face all the trouble of trying to get a job with the right frame of mind. I learnt how to focus on the one thing you want to do and will keep doing little things to help me get to where I want to be.

Choices has really helped with my self-esteem and enabled me to identify thoughts within myself that I can fix. Just talking to people in the group has given me hope and that there is light at the end of the tunnel but you have to overcome a few barriers first.

...and here is my story.
I served in the army for 20 years followed by 20 years working as a civil engineer on road construction. I am also a trained Bushcraft instructor having trained with some of the best in the world.
However, five years ago during a sponsored climb for my regimental charity, I badly injured my knee on the way up. Not wishing to let down the team, I carried on up the mountain in agony but made it to the top and back down again. I had to have my knee replaced on my return home. I have also suffered four heart attacks since the accident, and I only have one working lung and so the doctors said it was too risky to operate on the other knee which also need to be replaced.
I have unsuccessfully tried getting jobs with the Angling Trust, the Environment Agency, the Woodland Trust or anywhere that will keep me in the big outdoors that I love so much. I had given up on ever being able to go back paid employment until coming on the Wellbeing Choices programme.
Wellbeing Choices has helped me mentally prepare to face all the trouble of trying to get yourself a job and think about it with the right frame of mind. I learnt how to push everything aside and focus on the one thing you want to do. I will take it step by step and not just jump into it. I will keep doing little things to help me get to where I want to be.
I have been on lots of other courses but Wellbeing Choices is the best course I have been on. I have learnt more than on any other course. It has really helped with my self-esteem and enabled me to identify thoughts within myself that I can fix. It has given me a better view on how to use my brain and just talking to people in the group has given me hope. They have explained that there is light at the end of the tunnel but you have to overcome a few barriers first.