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 find out more about getting involved on our student development programme page.

New timetable release for Spring 2022
News

New timetable release for Spring 2022

Click to download the latest timetable

College Nominated for the outstanding experience category
News

College Nominated for the outstanding experience category

HPFT Annual Staff Awards 2021

The New Leaf Recovery and Wellbeing College Team is delighted to have been nominated and shortlisted for the outstanding experience category at the Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust. This is the second time in two years that the team has been nominated for staff awards and the team could not be more thrilled!

Read the full story to see what people said. 

 

A Smile
Blog

A Smile

A beautifully written piece offering hope and comfort to anyone who reads it. 

Written during lockdown 2020 by New Leaf Recovery and Wellbeing College student, Carrie. Carrie hopes her piece may inspire and offer comfort to others during tough times.

"They once said: “keep calm and carry on” and as a nation, this pandemic is ongoing and tough. You can smile with your eyes even when wearing that mask and it will go a long way..." 

"Give a gesture, be kind and remember, this may be a test of time to us all; but we are not alone."

Click to read more.

How I learned how to harness social media for my recovery.
Blog, Student / Staff Interview

How I learned how to harness social media for my recovery.

This student talks about their experience of the latest New Leaf Recovery and Wellbeing College Workshop about having a positve relationship with social media. By reading this short student interview, you'll see what they gained and whether they recomend this workshop.

Autumn term newsletter released

Autumn term newsletter released

This term, our autumn newsletter focuses on reducing isolation and loneliness, looking after yourself during the winter and how to access support to improve your digita skills or locate equipment to get online.

You'll see an announcement about an exciting new tool which all college students will recieve when they enrol into the collge. 

You'll also read about black history month, how the college has helped students who felt suicidal and how to get tickets to HPFT's latst recovery conference.

Click to download your copy.

Reducing isolation and lonliness
Blog

Reducing isolation and lonliness

Many people have reported that the COVID-19 outbreak has dramatically affected their mental health and wellbeing. One thing that has become quite clear over the past 18 months is that we all need to connect; whether that is face to face or over the internet. It has become more difficult for many people to connect in person, and this has had a knock on affect to the number, and severity, of those feeling lonely and isolated. However, there is support available and this article talks about some of the ways we can all reduce our feelings of isolation and loneliness.

 

How to improve your digital skills and gain access to equipment
Blog, News

How to improve your digital skills and gain access to equipment

Our courses are delivered either using the online Zoom platform or in the classroom in our campuses across Hertfordshire. Due to the COVID-19 situation and adhering to the NHS and Government guidance, we have moved all face-to-face courses due to take place in November and December back online; to be delivered via Zoom.

Read more about this announcement to find out how it affects face-to-face courses and what support is available for those needing to access online courses.

HPFT presents 15th Annual Hertfordshire Recovery Conference
Event

HPFT presents 15th Annual Hertfordshire Recovery Conference

We are pleased to share on behalf of Hertfordshire Partnership NHS University Foundation Trust (HPFT NHS) that tickets have been released for the 15th Annual Mental Health and Learning Disability Recovery Event. The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Remembering, recovering and reflecting’ on the impact of the pandemic. The college will be included in the line-up. Read HPFT's press release and book your place.