A Ramsgate carpenter is using his life coaching skills to encourage people to take on mountain climb challenges and sea swimming sessions while raising money for mental health charity Mind.
Jordan Jackson, 33, holds free cold water therapy sessions at Walpole Bay every Saturday, which he says helps people’s well-being, and also organises the mountain climbs through his Eunoia Life Coaching programme.
He currently has a fundraising page for Mind which he is encouraging people to donate to and will be heading a sponsored climb of Ben Nevis next month in aid of the charity.
He says he has been prompted to host the activities after overcoming his own struggles with mental health and now wants to help others.
He said: “I suffered with mental health a lot growing up and ended up going down a bad path, getting in trouble through the start of my adult life. But, since going on my own journey of self-development, I’ve found a passion in helping others through their own struggles.
“I run a life coaching program and hold weekly cold water therapy sessions at Walpole Bay where I have between 20-30 people come down to get involved. That started when I did the New Year’s Day dip in Broadstairs and I decided to carry on and do it every weekend and share the benefits of it.
“I also run well-being trips up to the mountain peaks and plan to do different kinds of group activities throughout the summer. I’ve had 3 really successful trips so far.
“Climbing a mountain can push someone to really test their mental and physical strength, while creating great memories surrounded by likeminded individuals.
“I don’t make money from the trips, I organise them and people pay for their own travel and accommodation so they can get away from their everyday environment and any negativity
“Funds raised on the justgiving page are going directly to Mind, a mental health organisation close to my heart, offering mental health support for all.”
The cold water swimming sessions take place at Walpole Bay from 8am every Saturday.