Supporting others
Supporting others

What we do

We recognise that people are expert in their own recovery and wellbeing. Our FREE courses help people over the age of 18 living in Hertfordshire to manage better their wellbeing. People with a lived experience of mental and/or physical health challenges help to create and deliver our courses. The courses are focused on supporting mental health recovery and help to increase knowledge, skills and promote self-management. They are taught in a friendly and relaxed environment and allow people to connect.

What you can do

We hope that someday, everyone will promote recovery and use recovery language. It has been proven that recovery focused activities, materials and courses can enhance people's wellbeing and provide them with the skills to self-manage. You can help support others by promoting recovery focused methods. 

Promote recovery

The power of recovery language by The Academy of Professional Excellence

Recovery is unique to each person. It can overcome obstacles, build resilience and embrace all of the possibilities in life without being burdened by the labels and stigma associated with mental health diagnosis. You can learn more on our recovery page.

The Academy for Porfessional Excellence also discusses how recovery language is about creating an environment that allows all of us to be fully recognised as people. It is language that puts the human and the person before the diagnosis. You can find out more about the power of recovery language by watching their recovery language video.

Refer someone

We encourage people to enrol themselves, however we do appreciate that trying something new can be stressful, and some people may need a little support and encouragement.

If you support someone who you feel would benefit from educational courses that promote recovery and self-manage, with their consent, you can make an expression of interest on their behalf.  Please contact us with the potential student’s information at newleaf.wellbeingcollege@nhs.net and we will get in touch with them directly to discuss the college and possible learning experiences. 

Support our work

Sometimes it can be helpful to share our college timetable with a person you support.

You can link to our pages from your own websites, and you can share our articles and newsletters from our what can help section. You can also visit our press page and contact us for latest news and press to share in your own publications and websites.

You can download the latest timetable and brochure below, or you can request physical copies of our brochures, timetables, prescriptiopn pads and posters.

Supporting someone with specific goals and aspirations

If you support someone with specific goals and aspirations, our courses may help their success. Good mental health and wellbeing can affect a person’s motivation as well as energy levels and physical ability to succeed. Our courses, seminars and workshops can help people with their mental health recovery; and gives people the practical skills to manage stress, anxiety and depression, improve their self-esteem and increase their motivation to seek opportunities to reach their development goals. Please read more below about how you can support people with goals such as entering the workforce, managing their physical wellbeing and looking after themselves whilst caring for others.

Employment and development opportunities

Long-term unemployment or losing a job can evoke difficult emotions, such as feeling useless or unwanted; which could lead to poor mental health. Conversely, having a job or taking up meaningful activities gives a person a purpose, aids creativity and critical thinking, promotes independence and allows them to develop social contacts, not to mention providing an income; all of which can contribute to improved mental health and wellbeing.

However, poor mental health, inability to cope with pressure or stress and lack of self-esteem can reduce someone’s motivation to apply for or retain work or voluntary opportunities.

If you are supporting someone to enter into employment, some of the courses below may help.

  • Employment and self-management
  • Employment: the pros and cons to telling your employer about your health challenges
  • Self-acceptance, self-compassion and self-care courses
  • Daring to dream
  • Learning for wellbeing
  • Building opportunities
  • Understanding stress, anxiety and depression
  • Mindfulness, art and creative writing courses
  • Understanding and overcoming stigma
  • Building healthy relationships

For those students who are ready to further their development, we offer our student development programme, which aims to foster optimism, create meaningful goals, develops personal resilience and gain new skills, experience and knowledge to support their aspirations in life.

Physical health, fitness and weight-control

Physical wellbeing contributes to how people feel emotionally and it’s important that people look after their physical health to aid mental health.

However, maintaining good mental health is a big part of some people’s journey to a healthier body. For some, low self-esteem, low confidence, busy lifestyle and guilt become a barrier to success. For others, poor sleep and / or poor self-care routines can affect energy levels and make it harder for someone to stay motivated to become physically healthier.

Our courses, seminars and workshops  can help people with their mental health recovery; and give them time to reflect and the practical skills to build upon their strengths and reach their goals.

Courses which help people build their self-esteem and motivation could aid the success of weight-loss and fitness programmes. Courses which may be suitable include:

  • Self-compassion for everyday living,
  • Practicing self-care
  • Acceptance and recovery
  • Five ways to wellbeing
  • Having a positive body image
  • Living with a long-term physical health need

and more

If you’re supporting someone on their weight-loss or physical fitness journey, please feel free to distribute our brochures, timetables or the leaflet below.

Support for parents, carers and those supporting others

Parenting and supporting others with health challenges can be a big role in people’s lives. For some, it can be a full time job and their extra responsibilities can make it harder for them to take care of themselves. Extra stress, worry and anxiety may also affect a person’s wellbeing and energy levels, and they may experience feelings of guilt and loss of identity.

On the other end of the scale, some people support others in a professional capacity, such as those who work in health and social care roles.

Our curriculum teaches people self-management strategies and courses that touch upon how to care for themselves whilst still supporting others. Topics of interest to those supporting others may include

  • Building healthy relationships and setting boundaries
  • Self-care routines and sleep hygiene, acceptance and recovery and self-compassion
  • Caring for others
  • Living with a long-term physical health need
  • Understanding stress, anxiety and depression

If you support carers, parents and / or children and siblings who are supporting  people with physical or mental health challenges, our courses may benefit them. You can download our brochure, timetable and supporting leaflet below.  

FAQ's

Can I enrol someone on their behalf?

Yes. You can enrol them online, download and send us a paper application form or contact us wih the individuals details. 

Can I request information about someone I have referred?

All information we hold about our students is confidential. Therefore, we are unable to provide details about attendance or experience to anyone other than the individual themselves.

Certain circumstances may be considered and will need to be discussed with the development manager directly.

Can I attend a course with someone I am supporting?

Yes. However, for safety reasons, we are limited to the number of students we can have in any one class. As such, we require all attendees, even those who are not participating, to book onto the course.