Become an expert in your own mental health - Sussex Recovery College host series of open days across Sussex

People across Sussex are being encouraged to come and find out more about the free mental health courses that are available in their area. 

Sussex Recovery College, a joint venture between Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and local voluntary organisations, aims to enable people to learn to take control of mental health challenges and live better lives by offering free courses with a focus on education and becoming an expert in your own mental health recovery.

The courses are for adults aged 18 and over, are free to attend and cover a variety of topics including Managing Depression, A Guide to Planning Your Recovery and Understanding Psychosis.

All courses are co-produced with Peer Trainers – people with personal experiences of mental health challenges, which helps bring a unique insight and empathy. Courses are designed to enable students to become experts in self-management of mental health recovery through education.

Louise Patmore, Peer Trainer Lead for Sussex Recovery College, said: “Recovery College courses really changes lives by beginning a journey to wellbeing and giving yourself the tools and information to regain control of your life.

“I can’t tell you what a journey it has been to be part of this amazing project. Over the last seven years I have seen people grow and develop way past their expectations.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer more courses again this year to the residents of Sussex. Our team of lived experience peer trainers and clinicians have a wealth of knowledge that can really make differences to people’s lives in a positive and supportive setting.

“Come and talk to our trainers and staff at one of our open days and get involved in building new possibilities in to your life.” 

The upcoming open days will take place on:

  • Monday 1 April at New Park Community Centre, Chichester from 1-3pm
  • Monday 1 April at Muriel Matters House, Hastings from 1-3pm
  • Tuesday 2 April at Eastbourne International Tennis Centre from 1-3pm
  • Wednesday 3 April at Crawley Library from 1-3pm
  • Thursday 4 April at The Regis Centre, Bognor Regis from 1-3pm
  • Wednesday 10 April at Heene Community Centre, Worthing from 1-3pm

Open days are free to attend and are an opportunity for people to come and find out more about Sussex Recovery College and whether it would be helpful for them. 

Sussex Recovery College courses are held at venues across Sussex and are open to adults who have experienced mental health challenges, as well as their supporters (relatives and carers), the staff of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and partner organisations.

To find out more about Sussex Recovery College, the selection of courses available and to register your interest to attend an open day, go to, call 0300 303 8086 or email