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Mental health is ever evolving. Every day mental health issues are changing and developing different symptoms and new types. However, we are also developing new and better care pathways to help improve the lives of those living with mental health. This is why our Sussex Recovery College is vital to improving our care and helping us understand the changing landscape of mental health.


Our Recovery College offers educational courses that focus on mental health and recovery. Each class is centred around helping you improve your knowledge and skills and promoting self-management. Whether you work with people dealing with mental health, use our services or care for someone who does, the courses aim to give you the tools to take control of your mental healthcare by becoming an expert in it. Learning more about self-management and recovery enables our students to make the most of their strengths, talents and resources and help them achieve the life they want.

This is the best thing to happen in mental health. It puts a person's recovery back in the service user's control. Recovery College can offer a new strand to what is available on mental health to assist people with hope, choice and learning opportunities to develop self-help and self-management skills and explore vocational and personal development.

(Hastings Peer Trainer)

So how do the courses at the college work? The Recovery College combines the strengths of two main sets of knowledge at Sussex Partnership. Firstly, the college uses the lived expertise of our peer trainers with personal experience of mental health challenges, carer trainers and the experience of mental health professionals; because who can give you the best information about mental health than people who live with it? We also use our staff on the wards to get prescriptive of what treatment delivery is like on the wards and how effective treatment is on them. The college encourages all staff working in mental health to register with the college and enrol on courses which interest them. This range of students learning together helps break down the 'us vs them' feeling for our users.

Sussex Recovery College has a range of campuses located across Sussex, so we can deliver our courses to anyone who wants to enrol. Our three central locations are; Hastings and Rother, Wealden Eastbourne and Lewes, and Frederick Place in the centre of Brighton.

All of the Courses are free to adults of all ages. Whether you want to develop your knowledge and skills in self-management, support somebody with mental health, or work in mental health services, there is a course for you.


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