What can help
What can help

Storytelling is one of the foundations of our culture. We can create connections by sharing stories – especially those that offer inspiration and hope. Recovery in mental health is not always well understood; sharing your story makes personal recovery come alive. It also supports values and strengthens lessons learned from life experiences. It helps to build community and create connections.

You can find lots of inspirational stories; use the search bar at the top to find stories relevant to you. To return to this page after a search, please press the back button in your browser.

Alternatively if you are a registered student and would like to write your story and want to share it, please contact us. You can read about other students experiences on our testimonials page and learn more about getting involved on our student development programme page.

Kindness = connectedness = reduced loneliness.
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Kindness = connectedness = reduced loneliness.

"Today was a day I smiled": Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

Today, student Carrie submitted an uplifting piece of writing about how one small act of kindness completely elevated her mood during a difficult time.

Continue to read to be taken alongside Carrie as she shows us the extraordinary difference a few simple words can make in helping us to feel connected and less lonely.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2022
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Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

Lets Talk About Loneliness

This week New Leaf Recovery and Wellbeing College is raising awareness for Mental Health Awareness Week (9-15 May) hosted by the Mental Health Foundation. This years theme is loneliness. Read more to find out what we're doing, how you can reduce loneliness and how you can get involved to help the people you care about. 

Why I choose to disclose my mental health challenges to employers
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Why I choose to disclose my mental health challenges to employers

Discover how this student took the plunge to disclose about her mental health and wellbeing challenges and why she's never looked back!

STRESS:
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STRESS:

the 6-letter word that could help your mental health recovery

An original blog discussing the drawbacks and benefits of stress as well as providing tips on how to reduce it.

KIFF-11 or not
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KIFF-11 or not

How my neurological challenges have pushed me to be the success I am today

This week, in celebration of Neurodiversity week, we hear from Martha, who shares about the benefits and challenges that come with having autistic traits as well as how the neurological condition has played a role in her personal and professional development and mental health recovery.

World Poetry Day - 2022
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World Poetry Day - 2022

Writing poetry helps improve language skills, sparks creative thinking and creates self-awareness. It is also therapeutic, providing comfort and boosting our moods during periods of stress and grief. Writing poetry can help us express our thoughts and emotions, and sometimes, as some of these students have found, can bring clarity and drive motivation towards starting new activities. 

Monday 21st March is World Poetry day, and in celebration, we've posted some of our most recent poetry submissions from our students and experts by experience. 

Read their blog to connect with their inner thoughts. 

The Catch22 dilemma
Blog, Resilience, Mental health, Recovery, Eating disorders

The Catch22 dilemma

One persons discovery and recovery plan for overcoming PCOS and binge eating disorder

"Most people will know someone with an eating disorder. Even if they don’t know it." 

This blog describes one persons experience of living with an eating disorder often not noticed or taken seriously by others. Keep reading to find out about their recovery journey and how they plan to propel themselves out of the catch22 cycle of PCOS and binge eating disorder.

Children's mental health week
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Children's mental health week

According to The Mental Health Foundation:

  • 50% of mental health challenges are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24
  • 20% of adolescents may experience a mental health challenge in any one year
  • 10% of children and young people have a clinically diagnosable mental health challenge

Last week was childrens' mental health week, and this years theme is growing together, symbolising for children and adults to consider how they have grown and how they can help each other continue to grow.

This blog by one of our experts by experience focuses on this and shares some thoughts about how our students can do this with their children.