The Lighthouse


About the service and what to expect

The Lighthouse is a specialist service for people over the age of 18, living in Brighton and Hove who are experiencing Personality Disorder and Emotional Intensity. The service is provided by Southdown, in partnership with the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Mind in Brighton and Hove.

The aim is to offer individuals long-term support during recovery, an opportunity to develop healthy attachments and relationship skills, to learn effective strategies to manage emotional intensity and to practise community participation and peer support. 

The Lighthouse provides a range of therapeutic interventions, from psychologically informed clinical interventions, therapeutic groups and occupational therapy, to general support and activity groups both at the centre and community-based. 

The Southdown recovery team work alongside volunteers and peer supporters to deliver therapeutic activity based groups.

The groups at The Lighthouse offer the opportunity to take part in activities that: 

  • Help to develop a meaningful routine
  • Try new things, explore interests and experience joy
  • To socialise with others  and develop relationship skills
  • To become part of the community of Lighthouse
  • To learn ways to manage emotions 
  • Build self confidence

We also provide support sessions to work with you to develop an individual care plan identifying what you would like to focus on and achieve during your time with us. We will meet with you regularly to see how you are getting on and to provide advice and support with your diagnosis and how it impacts all aspects of your life, working at your pace to help archive your goals.

Because The Lighthouse is a community, members are encouraged to attend and be involved in regular community meetings, service development groups and peer support as part of their treatment. 

Opening Times

We are open 7 days a week.

Am I eligible?

The service is here to support adults who live in Brighton and Hove who have a diagnosis of Personality Disorder. 

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 Lighthouse are currently offering a blend of virtual and face-to-face groups whilst adhering to PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and social distancing measures.

The Lighthouse Recovery Centre building has been risk-assessed using Covid-safety guidance and we have resumed some face-to-face support and building based groups for our members. 

We have kept in touch with our members to ensure their needs, safety and wellbeing are prioritised. As and when there are any further changes to the support we provide, we will update this page.

In the meantime, if you have any questions about your support, or have a new enquiry about our service, please give us a call.

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



Allen Centre
60 Sackville Gardens
United Kingdom

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