The Lighthouse


About the service

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 problems. The service is provided by Southdown, in partnership with the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Mind in Brighton and Hove.

Some of The Lighthouse staff team

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. 

When will we do this?

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 (COVID-19) Statement - 18th September 2020

To best protect member and staff safety, in March, we changed the way support was provided by the service so we could adhere to the Government’s advice on social distancing and infection control.

In place of building-based and face-to-face support, over the past few months, our team has been supporting members over the phone and through online means.

Alongside our commissioner, we have been planning how we could resume some level of face-to-face support for our members. Using Covid-safety guidance, we have risk-assessed the building space we have at the Lighthouse Recovery Centre to explore how it can be used in a socially-distanced safe way. We are pleased to be able to say that some of the staff team are now able to work from the Centre again.

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.

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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