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Geoff Baird: Another ASCERT story of staying well using Take 5

Geoff Baird, ASCERT Targeted Lifeskills Keyworker shares how he is using Take 5 steps to wellbeing in these difficult times



I video call my son and his wife most days so I can spend a bit of time with my 8 month old granddaughter Mia. She’s at the gummy smile stage and laughs when I speak ‘Donald Duck’ to her.

Keep learning

I have signed up for a CBT course with the New Skills Academy UK. Its discounted from £100 to £25 and is a 14 hour course which will help with my work in ASCERT and in the community.

Be active.

I have just finished climbing my section of Cuilcagh Mountain, Co. Fermanagh  (up my stairs 12 times) to tick off one hill in the ASCERT 21 Way to Wellbeing challenge.

Take notice

Yesterday was the end of a 19 year chapter in my life. I noticed in the morning I had a lot of mixed emotions, solemn, hesitant, optimistic and excited. I focused part of my day on clearing my head and dealing with my emotions. So last night I noticed the sunset and when I went out to enjoy it I noticed I felt calm & joy.


When lockdown started I signed up to the local Coronavirus Support Group. Twice a week we deliver meals to the vulnerable and those in need. I also get their shopping, collect medication, do their post and hand out the government food parcels.

I have spent the last five years speaking to young people about looking after their health & wellbeing. I believe the ways to wellbeing are a great tool and I have used them to help me through family crisis, through difficult times, to help me think straight and feel well. During lockdown the ways to wellbeing have helped me focus on hope for me, my family and community. Stay Safe, Geoff.

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