JCIP #242 – Christopher Waller


In episode 242 of The Just Checking In Podcast we checked in with Christopher Waller.

Chris is the Founder of ‘We Power On’, which aims to improve men’s lives through the power of walking, talking and connection.

Every Sunday, Chris runs a walk and talk group in Epsom in Surrey for men from all walks of life to join and get whatever they are struggling with off their chest.

Chris started the group in September 2022 following his own struggles with his mental health which came when he was signed off work for four months during the Covid-19 lockdown. The isolation he and all of us was forced to do, took him to the point of suicidality.

Since Chris started it, We Power On has gone from strength to strength with a community now built because of his work, monthly social events and other activities which keeps people connected.

In this episode we discuss: how and why Chris started We Power On, the persistence he needed to have when no man turned up to his walks for the first two months of the walks and the responsibility he now feels for a lot of the men who come to the walks.

For Chris’s mental health, we discuss the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown on his mental health, suicidality and how the walks have helped transform his life.

As always, #itsokaytovent

You can find out more about We Power On and how to follow them on social media here.

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