In episode 231 of The Just Checking In Podcast we checked back in with a very old friend of ours, Elliot Pearce.

Elliot first came on the podcast way back when in JCIP #2!

At the time we recorded Part 1 he worked at Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA), a very important organisation who deliver Mental Health First Aid training to organisations across the UK.

Elliot worked his way up to the role of Community Engagement Manager before he was unfortunately made redundant during the Covid-19 pandemic.

He now currently works as Senior Partnerships Manager at Oviva, a company who empower everyone to change their eating and lifestyle-related habits, improving their long-term health through personalised support and technology.

In this episode we discuss the work he does with Oviva, the mental health impact of his redundancy from MHFA and how he needs to work harder to employ mental health tools in his day-to-day life, now he is outside the bubble of the mental health sector.

We also discuss how Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects his mental health and the importance of routine for him.

We then discuss his love of running and the importance of it for his physical and mental health, the Covid-19 pandemic and how it affected him then and his behaviour now and his desire to work in the office as often as possible.

We finish with a reminisce about Elliot and our Founder Freddie’s friendship, the gigs they went to together to see long-time friends of the pod and sadly disbanded band Patawawa, who also provide the theme-tune for this podcast and a chat about the future.

As always, #itsokaytovent

You can listen to Part 1 of Elliot’s journey here.

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