Brighton & Hove Recovery College


About the service and what to expect

Brighton & Hove Recovery College is provided by Southdown, a Sussex-based housing, care and support provider committed to preventing homelessness and supporting people’s health, wellbeing and independence.

Provided in partnership with the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Southdown’s Recovery College in Brighton and Hove offer educational courses as a route to recovery from mental health challenges. 

All courses are free, and are designed and delivered by people with lived experience of mental health challenges (Peer Trainers), together with clinical staff and other professionals. Whether you are hoping to gain a better understanding of mental health challenges or are looking to develop new skills and abilities, the Recovery College provides a range of workshops and courses that may be of interest. 

Prior to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Recovery College offered these in a range in length from one-day workshops to longer courses running for eight weeks, on subjects such as ‘Mindfulness’ and ‘Managing Anxiety’ provided over three terms each year. The courses were based at community venues across Brighton and Hove including Southdown’s Learning and Community Hub at Frederick Place and their Preston Park Recovery Centre.

At present, the College are not holding courses and workshops in a classroom setting and are instead offering online sessions and support.

Coronavirus Statement (19th July 2021 - Step 4 update)

Southdown are heeding the advice to proceed with caution and there will be no changes to our office and community work arrangements across the organisation until September at the earliest. This includes the continuation of social distancing and wearing of face coverings for staff and clients. Staff will also continue to take Lateral Flow Tests prior to attending one of our buildings or conducting any in-person work.

The Recovery College are continuing to provide a modified service offer. In place of building-based and face-to-face support and courses, their team have been offering a ‘virtual’ term of courses via Zoom video-conferencing software as well as telephone support.

Following the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, they are regularly reviewing their service offer and are looking to gradually offer a small amount of face-to-face courses, however the current Summer Term courses and workshops are predominantly online.

When there are any changes to the support and courses provided, we will update this page. We would also encourage you to visit their social media pages for updates as well as useful resources and links:

  • Facebook: @BHRecoveryCollege
  • Twitter: @SHA_RCBrighton

In the meantime, if you have any urgent questions about your support, or have a new enquiry about our service, please contact the College via phone or email using the contact details at the bottom of this page.

Summer Term is in progress...

Summer term started on 7th June and is running until 13th August. This term the College is running a variety of their usual clinical courses such as Managing Depression, Managing Anxiety and Living with Bipolar, as well as new additions to their non-clinical courses such as Exploring Relaxation.

The College are still not holding face-to-face courses and workshops (with the exception of their ‘Spending Time in Nature’ course), therefore all sessions will be online via a software application called Zoom. 

All sessions are now fully booked, however their prospectus is still available to view or download if you would like to find out more about the types of courses and workshops they are offering this term and other frequently asked questions.

Their Autumn term is due to start in late September and more details will be shared on their main webpage (here) and their social media channels nearer the time.

Am I eligible?

The College is available for people aged 18+ living in Brighton and Hove with mental health support needs. Carers and people working within the mental health sector are also welcome.

The Buddy Service

There is a Buddy Service offered at the Recovery College for students who require extra support. Our trained Buddies support students both in and outside of the Zoom sessions, enabling them to overcome barriers and improve their confidence and self-esteem.

Students’ Union and NUS membership

All students of the Recovery College who are taking part in an online workshop are welcome to join the College’s Students’ Union. Through the Union you can share your experiences and ideas on how we can continually develop the College. As our Union is part of the National Union of Students (NUS) you are entitled to an NUS membership card which offers you a wide range of discounts and offers. To find out more or to gain an NUS discount card visit

New Partnership Announcement:

Following a recent tender by the Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group, the new Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service launched on September 1st 2020. The service brings together a new partnership of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SPFT), Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, YMCA DownsLink Group and Southdown.

Southdown will be working with the Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner Team (PCMHPT) at SPFT, who will assess adults with mild to moderate mental health support needs and agree a treatment/support plan. Part of this plan will be an offer to access Adult Wellbeing Courses, which will be co-produced and co-delivered by one of Southdown’s existing Brighton and Hove Recovery College Peer Trainers, alongside a Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner. Find out more in our news article here.

Further Information

For more information and to discuss accessing support that is right for you please call 0808 196 1768 to speak to a friendly member of our Central Access Point team. Alternatively, if you would prefer, you can arrange a callback


42 Frederick Place
United Kingdom

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