Tuesday, May 4, 2021

7 lessons I learned about mental health whilst watching Star Wars

May the force (and good health) be with you

Author: Louisa Whorrod

Did you know that re-watching movies you love helps your wellbeing? It’s relaxing. It gives you a dopamine boost and helps you learn more about yourself. You’ll have grown since you last saw you favourite flick and new experiences can help you interpret things differently and see things from new perspectives. When watching the Star Wars movies ahead of celebrating Star Wars day on May the 4th, Louisa discovered just how close to home the concerns in these fictional movies can be to those overcoming mental health challenges. Warning: spoilers!

Categories: Blog

Tags: Blogging, mental health, Wellbeing, star wars

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Friday, April 30, 2021

National Honesty Day - don't fear the tears

Author: Anne

Facing yourself and being honest can be scary at challenging times. However, as our student Anne has found, reflecting and being honest with yourself, as well as others, can play a huge role in aiding your mental health recovery. In recognition of National Honesty Day, we give you Anne's story.

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Saturday, March 20, 2021

World Poetry Day

Author: Amy Susan, Ann Raines, Louisa Whorrod

  Today we celebrate world poetry day and the powerful effect that writing poetry can have on our wellbeing. Read more to see some of the wonderful poems written by some of our very own students.

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Monday, March 15, 2021

Celebrating Neurodiversity

Author: Olive Hickmott

This week (15th - 21st March) is Neurodiversity week. One of our student's has bravely detailed how having learning differences has impacted their life, along with some real inspiriting lessons for us all.

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Monday, March 8, 2021

International women's day

Author: Louisa

“To be a woman is to be curious, we owe it to ourselves to explore”

This is a shout out to say Happy international women’s day!

Every day, our students are learning to challenge their own thoughts, as well as challenging the stigma associated with mental health. This year’s theme for international women’s day is #choosetochallenge, inspired to show we can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality.

International women’s day are asking men and women to raise their hands in support and to share their thoughts. Our staff member Louisa has raised her hand and shared what it means to be a woman, along with a story about how she challenges what is expected of women and the effect that these expectations can have on people’s mental health.

“You may never know how painful a simple question can be….”

Categories: Blog, News

Tags: mental health; confidence

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New Leaf College are looking for students to write about their personal experiences with their own wellbeing and/or the college, to share it on the college's blog. If you're interested in blogging for us please send an email to