Recovery College (Brighton & Hove)
About the College
Welcome to the Brighton and Hove Recovery College, offering educational courses as a route to recovery from mental health challenges. All our courses are FREE and designed and delivered by people with lived experience of mental health challenges, together with clinical staff and other professionals.
The College is provided in partnership with the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and as part of the Community Roots network of mental health support.
We offer courses focusing on recovery and self-management skills. Prior to the Coronavirus pandemic, we 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’. The courses were based at community venues across Brighton and Hove including our Learning and Community Hub at Frederick Place and our Preston Park Recovery Centre.
At present, we are not holding courses and workshops in a classroom setting and are instead offering online sessions and support.
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.
Coronavirus Statement (19th July 2021 - Step 4 update)
At Southdown, we’re 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.
Here at the Recovery College, we continue to provide a modified service offer. In place of building-based and face-to-face support and courses, our 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, we are regularly reviewing our service offer and are looking to gradually offer a small amount of face-to-face courses, however our current Summer Term courses and workshops are predominantly online.
When there are any changes to the support and courses we provide, we will update this page. We would also encourage you to visit our 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 us via phone or email using the contact details at the bottom of this page.
Summer Term is in progress...
Our Summer term started on 7th June and is running until 13th August. This term we are running a variety of our usual clinical courses such as Managing Depression, Managing Anxiety and Living with Bipolar, as well as new additions to our non-clinical courses such as Exploring Relaxation.
At this stage we are still not holding face-to-face courses and workshops (with the exception of our ‘Spending Time in Nature’ course), therefore all sessions are being delivered online via a software application called Zoom.
All sessions are now fully booked, however our prospectus is still available to view or download if you would like to find out more about the types of courses and workshops we are offering this term and other frequently asked questions.
Our Autumn term is due to start in late September and more details will be shared on this page and our social media channels nearer the tme.
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
We offer a Buddy Service for students who require extra support. Our trained Buddies support can support students outside of the Zoom sessions, enabling them to overcome barriers and improve their confidence and self-esteem. Buddies can arrange to speak with students pre and post online sessions, to:
- Practice how to access the online sessions via Zoom
- Engage with online activities
- Practice how to engage with fellow students during the online sessions
We do our best to match every student who requests this extra support with a Buddy but it is dependent on demand.
If you are a student applying for the online sessions at the Recovery College and would like to request a Buddy, please complete the relevant section on your enrolment form.
If you would like more information about how the Buddy Service works, please contact us via the details at the bottom of this page.
Our 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 www.nus.org.uk.