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New college offers free mental wellbeing courses at library to Stortford residents

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New Leaf College tutors
New Leaf College tutors

A new college dedicated to improving mental wellbeing is opening its doors to Bishop's Stortford residents for the first time on Thursday (October 19).

New Leaf will offer a range of free adult educational courses at the town’s library in the Causeway, with a focus on practical skills.

Irma Mullins, development manager, said: “The college is the first of its kind for Hertfordshire and is unique in offering education rather than therapy, recognising that people are experts in their own journey to improved mental wellbeing and can identify their own goals. Studies show that around one in four of us will experience a mental health problem each year and we hope that our free courses will provide a valuable resource in the area.

“We’ve worked closely with people of who have overcome their own personal difficulties to design and deliver our course content, so students can be assured that the subject matter will always be relevant to them. Our friendly tutor team all have either professional or personal experience of how to improve mental wellbeing and are on hand to support and advise.”

The autumn term kicks off in Stortford with ‘Learning for Wellbeing’, a three-hour course that explores how to apply learning to wellbeing in daily life, whether to improve happiness, self-esteem or lifestyle choices.

Additional courses will run throughout October, November and December, including ‘Coping with the pressures of daily living’, ‘Caring for someone with a long-term illness or disability’, ‘Living with a long-term physical health need’, ‘Daring to dream’, ‘Life skills’ and ‘Sleeping well’, ‘Understanding self-management’ and ‘Using creativity for wellbeing’. Courses all run in three-hour blocks over one to four sessions.

Enrolment in the college is free for anyone living in Herts. For further information or to book a course, see www.newleafcollege.co.uk, email students@newleafcollege.co.uk or 01442 864966.

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