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Solent Recovery College

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Whether you use mental health services in Portsmouth or support someone who does, the College can offer you the opportunity to learn about recovery through a unique range of courses and short sessions. 

Taught in a classroom setting along with an additional digital offering, students can learn practical skills for living with on-going symptoms and learn how to get the best from mental health services in a safe and confidential space. 

All of our sessions are designed in partnership between Solent Mind’s Peer Trainers, Adult Mental Health staff from Solent NHS Trust and with support of the University of Portsmouth, allowing those with lived experience of a mental health issue to share their experiences and skills side by side with mental health professionals. 

Our courses aren’t therapy; they’re an opportunity to learn new skills in an educational environment. They can help you become an expert in managing your own mental health and empower you to take control of your recovery journey or support someone else. 

Here are just some of our unique courses: 

First Steps
to Recovery

A series of seven mini lectures that cover the essential building blocks for mental health recovery.


A session that dispels common misconceptions and discusses the realities of living with depression, as well as treatment options and local support.

with Anxiety

A three-part programme which provides insights into anxiety and helps you develop coping strategies for living well.

Developing a
Peer Support

Would you like to use your own lived experience of a mental health problem to help others? We’ll give you some practical advice and guidance for getting started.

Military Veteran

A range of courses for people who have served their country. Delivered by veterans for veterans. Learn to master your own mental wellbeing and how to best support others. Courses range from Understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to Developing an Online Veteran Support Group. 

Substance Use
and Mental Health

A session that examines important links, helps you recognise problems and provides information on local support.


A practical four-part programme offered digitally or face-toface which gives you simple practices and skills to apply to your daily routine. 


Discover what dementia is and how to support those who have been diagnosed.

All classes are currently being held online using Zoom. Please click here for our guide to help you set up and use Zoom.

Since launching in 2013, the Solent Recovery College has helped almost 2,000 students learn more about their mental health and how best to support others. To find out how the college could help you, please get in touch with us below. 


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The Solent Recovery College is delivered in partnership with Portsmouth City Council and Solent NHS Trust as part of the Portsmouth Support and Recovery Service.

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