We hope that Sussex Recovery College is a learning organisation. Evaluation of the effectiveness of the Recovery College and its courses was central to the pilots and is part of the ongoing routine operation of the College. Students are helped to reflect on their goals in attending the college and on their progress. Trainers also use reflective practice to consider and improve their own work.

The Recovery College is popular and effective.

Popularity and Attendance

The Recovery College has been popular. During the two pilots over 300 students registered with the college. Attendance rates were about average for adult education courses with attendance of 60-70%. During the pilots the most popular courses were:

1. Using the Arts to Aid Recovery
2. Coping with Depression
3. Coping Strategies and Problem Solving
4. Introduction to Peer Mentoring
5. Climbing for Recovery

1. Happiness
2. Managing Depression with Mindfulness
3. Anxiety - Breaking the Cycle
4. Improving your Sleep using CBT
5. Understanding a Diagnosis of Psychosis / Mood Disorders


Progress on Own Goals and Learning outcomes:

We did research to establish how personal goals and Learning outcomes had developed throughout the course on the Pilot projects in 2013. We continue to use this information as routine ouctome measurement. The figures are very encouraging.
 - students made significant progress towards their own personal recovery goals
 - students made significant progress with the learning outcomes for the courses they took


Effectiveness measured by standardised questionnaires:

Students made significant progress according to a range of standardised questionnaires. These scales are recognised across the mental health services as effective measures of wellbeing and recovery.

The questionnaires used were: the Process of Recovery Questionnaire (QPR), Warwick Edinburgh Wellbeing Scale (SWEMWBS), Manchester Short Assessment of Quality of Life (MANSA), and CHOICE.

Course Feedback

One of the proofs that a project works is whether students would recommend it to others. We ask students for feedback at the end of every course. At Sussex Recovery College, people who completed courses gave a strong, positive response
- 97% said they would recommend the course they did to their friends and family were they in a similar situation.
- 76% students said the courses they did were useful in their day to day lives
- 85% students said their knowledge and skills improved
- Nearly all students said it was helpful that the course they did was facilitated by both peer trainers with lived experience and trainers with professional or clinical experience and that the students were a mixed group of people with mental health challenges, carers  and staff learning together.


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East and West Sussex campuses

Telephone: 0300 303 8086

Email: Sussex.recoverycollege@nhs.net


Recovery College

Education and Training

Aldrington House

New Church Road




Brighton and Hove campus 

For Brighton and Hove campus only please contact:

Telephone: 01273 749500

Email: recoverycollege@southdownhousing.org


Brighton & Hove Recovery College

42 Frederick Place


BN1 1EA 

Popular Courses


  • Coping with Bipolar, This course will cover coping with Bipolar using a range of skills including mood monitoring, identifying triggers and stressors in your own illness.Find out more
  • Coping Strategies and Problem Solving, This course aims to give people skills to manage problems and cope with situations in a more effective way. Find out more
  • Discharge to Recovery, Students will have the opportunity to share their feelings and gain group support about discharge from hospital, a chance to share what has been helpful with there recovery and an increased awareness of where to gain information about community resources available to them.Find out more
  • A Guide to Planning your Recovery, Each week will focus on a different topic, including some theory, helpful tools and advice, and a variety of practical or creative activities such as mindfulness meditation, making a well-being collage. Situated in a Hove, Eastbourne and Hastings.Find out more




  • Happiness, Through fun topics and engaging activities you can explore the ten keys to happier living and learn new practical ways that can increase our overall levels of happiness. This course is available in both Eastbourne and Hastings.Find out more
  • Increasing your self esteem and being more confident, This course will involve exploring what esteem is, where it comes from and what maintains our low self esteem. We will explore various ways we may be able to improve our self esteem. Find out more
  • Navigating Mental Health Services, Have you ever wondered how mental health services actually work locally? Or what treatments might be available to meet your needs and what all those acronyms mean? Find out more
  • Managing depression, This course will examine treatments such as CBT, talking therapies, coping strategies such as self help techniques, creativity, nutrition, sleep, relapse prevention and relationship issues.Find out more


  • Poetry for Recovery, You will be able to share personal experiences and relationships with other class members through reading, writing and creative skills. Weekly exercises using sounds, words, pictures collage and movement create the poetry or prose in the class.Find out more
  • Understanding Psychosis,This course helps you to make sense of and cope with psychotic symptoms. It explores the causes of psychosis and wht helps It is delivered by a psychiatrist, psychologist and peer trainer.Find out more
  • Returning to learning, This course will cover researching, note taking, reading and writing skills, planning your study, time management, and presentations, along with learning styles, and dealing with exams.Find out more
  • Wellbeing in the wild, This course offers opportunities for students to learn practical woodcraft and other creative woodland activities.Find out more