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 to you. 

The Recovery college offer courses focusing on recovery and self-management skills in a range in length from one-day workshops to longer courses running over several weeks, on subjects such as ‘Exploring Relaxation’ and ‘Managing Anxiety’.

Courses and workshops are predominantly held face-to-face, with some delivered online using Zoom or Microsoft Teams.

Upcoming Open Days in 2024

The Recovery College are pleased to announce two Open Day events for 2024 which will be held at The Brighthelm Centre between 11am – 3pm on:

  • Wednesday 1st May
  • Wednesday 4th September

If you are new to the College, please do come along to an Open Day. They offer a great opportunity for you to talk to our trainers and students about the College, find out more and register your interest for the upcoming term.

“I am so pleased I attended the Open Day, everyone was so friendly and it gave me an opportunity to talk to the trainers about the courses I wanted to do. I was also able to arrange support from a buddy. Going along felt like the first step in my recovery journey” – Student

2024 Prospectus and Summer Term

Our Summer Term will run from Monday 20th May to Friday 26th July. The timetable for Summer Term will be published here when enrolment opens on Wednesday 1st May. The deadline for applications will be end of day on Monday 13th May.

The 2024 prospectus is now available to view and download. Please take a look at Southdown's page here to view the prospectus and for more information about the courses and workshops we have on offer.

Enrolment Coming Soon

The enrolment window for the Summer Term opens on Wednesday 1st May and closes on Monday 13th May. If you would like to enrol in person the team would be delighted to see you at the Open Day at The Brighthelm Centre on the 1st May, alternatively, you are welcome to call the Recovery College at 42 Frederick Place, Brighton, BN1 4EA to complete an enrolment form.

During the enrolment window, the online enrolment form will be available on the Recovery College website: Brighton & Hove Recovery College - Southdown

On occasion, if there are still places after requests have been allocated and the team will advertise any remaining spaces over on the Recovery College Facebook page Brighton & Hove Recovery College | Brighton and Hove | Facebook

The team look forward to welcoming new and returning students and hope to see you during the Summer term.

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.

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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