Learning something new or taking on a new challenge can have huge benefits for our mental wellbeing. No matter what age you are it’s important to stay curious and keep learning. It can keep the mind focused and stimulated, boost self-confidence and connect us with other people.

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NHS.uk – Learning for mental health

Swarthmore Centre – runs a range of courses in a friendly, informal environment, from computer skills to art or craft classes, languages to yoga. Course prices vary, with discounts for people on low incomes (proof of benefit needed).

Leeds City College – courses for adult learners wanting to develop their careers or take steps into something new, including Access courses, GCSEs, diplomas and degrees.

Mentally Healthy Leeds is a public mental health service which is all about good mental health for everyone. The service runs a variety of groups, activities and workshops which can help you get creative and learn new skills. Check out their social media for updates.

Space2 runs a variety of arts events, projects and weekly groups at the Old Fire Station in Gipton and across Leeds, such as craft activities and creative writing. Check out social media for updates.

Inkwell Arts – a safe, creative and accessible arts space based in Chapel Allerton. InkWell is a Leeds Mind project and offers a programme of low-cost art and craft classes or events.

Cultural Community College – run by Slung Low in Holbeck, Leeds, is a place to go and learn, free at the point of use. The activity programme has a wide array of classes and courses for adults aged 18 and over and varies each term, including cookery, plastering, a choir, writing, self-defence and lots more. Booking is essential.

Leeds Wood Recycling – offers woodworking courses to help people learn how to make things from the recycled wood they collect. You can find out more by following them on Twitter.

Headspace is a free, 7 week course run by Oblong that will help you to deal with the tough times in life that happen to us all. Learn techniques for relaxation, coping with stress and positive thinking. Find your strengths, meet new people and get new perspectives. Contact Oblong for upcoming dates in venues across Leeds. Booking is essential.

Leeds Recovery College – encourages people with experience of mental health challenges and recovery to work with professionals from mental health care, education and community organisations to co-design and co-deliver courses. You can find out more about the courses they offer online.

You can find out more about creative classes in Leeds on our How can I get creative in Leeds? page.

Leeds Adult Learning website – run by Leeds City Council to help people find courses of all types across Leeds.