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.

From curiosity to creativity to employee

15 June 2022

How the student development programme helped me with my recovery

From curiosity to creativity to employee

I’ve wanted to write something for a little while now; to put into words just how much the college and team have helped me. But honestly, I still don’t think words could describe it. When I initially found New Leaf Recovery and Wellbeing College, I didn’t realise then just how much I needed to be a part of the community. At first for me it was just a curiosity, to attend one session on Spirituality; to connect with other individuals and gain new perspectives. But it turned into so much more than I could ever have imagined and I’m so glad it did! 

I continued with the college and enrolled onto the Student development Programme with few expectations and an open mind. Being a single parent to three children at that time I hadn’t been able to get out much and socialise, so this was a great first step for me to find my voice again and meet new people. 

After I completed the programme, I was offered opportunities to co-facilitate courses, be class support, create and amend courses, edit the newsletter and attend a holistic fair! So many different things I had the absolute pleasure of being a part of. I was able to speak freely with no judgment, share my ideas and feel valued doing it too, which isn’t something I had experienced in a while. The experience gave me opportunity to grow as a person and I really couldn’t ask for anything more. 

I volunteered within the college for around a year and I learnt so much. I was able to just be me. While I love being mum, I enjoy being Kirsty too! While I have moved on from the college, there is a lot I take with me. Gentle reminders within challenges I face, whether it be at work or at home. I have learned that mental health matters, that it’s so okay to do what feels right for you and it’s okay if that doesn’t make sense to anyone else; because the life you’re living is your own! 

So, a big thank you from me to New Leaf Recovery and Wellbeing College. I have made some wonderful friends and I hope our paths cross again in the future.

Sending hope to everyone.