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Solent Recovery College

Enrol in the school of life.

Learn about yourself and your recovery through a unique range of courses and short sessions, now available online.

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Whether you use mental health services in Portsmouth or support someone who does, the Solent Recovery College can help you become an expert in managing mental health and empower you to take control of your recovery journey.

Taught in a classroom setting and now online via Zoom, 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. Our courses aren’t therapy; they’re an opportunity to learn new skills in an educational environment.

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.

Who is it for?

Our courses are suitable for anyone living in the PO1 to PO6 postcode area that are wanting to know how to better manage their wellbeing.

We also welcome those who are supporting someone else, as a loved one, a carer, a social worker or any other kind of healthcare professional.

Following the launch of our specialist courses for veterans, we are pleased to welcome Veterans and the families of serving personnel who live in Portsmouth, Gosport or Fareham.

Contact details & opening hours

The dates and timings of our classes can be found below. You can contact us to register or make enquires during the following times:

Monday: 8am - 4.30pm
8am - 4.30pm
Wednesday: 8am - 4.30pm
Thursday: 8am - 4.30pm
8am - 4pm
: Closed

Please note that we're currently running a remote service and our premises are not staffed.

SRC Student Hub
University of Portsmouth Campus
Cambridge Road

T: 07971 348 555

Coronavirus update

Our Hub is currently closed, however our full range of courses are still available online through our digital timetable. Please take a look at our full brochure or individual course pages below to find out more.



This video from Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust explains how a Recovery College works and how it can help.
Military veteran Declan shares a coping strategy that has helped with his stress and anxiety
Josie shows how to use grounding when you are feeling overwhelmed


How to use Zoom

Solent Recovery College is part of the National ImROC Skillset for Recovery Colleges and is delivered in partnership with Solent NHS Trust, Portsmouth City Council and the University of Portsmouth. Our Veteran courses are funded by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

students have been supported since our launch in 2013.
of our Peer Trainers were once SRC students.
hours of courses have now been delivered online.

David's Story

I had been on different medications, tried different talking therapies but I still wasn’t getting anywhere. I was still ashamed and afraid to attend a group with strangers, however, I knew I needed to take control of my life, and that things needed to change. Solent Recovery College was my last hope to try and get better.

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Our Courses

Life After Lockdown

A session exploring the thoughts and feelings of lockdown, the theory behind the recommended guidance and skills for moving forwards.

First Steps to Recovery

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

Understanding Depression

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

Living with Anxiety

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

Developing a Peer Support Group

If you would you like to use your own lived experience of a mental health problem to help others, this course gives you practical advice and guidance for getting started.

Military veteran courses

Courses that empower your mental health experiences and improve your wellbeing, developed by veterans, for veterans.

Developing Mindfulness

A practical four-part programme offered digitally or face-to–face, teaching simple mindful practices and skills to apply to your daily routine.

Substance Misuse and Mental Health

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

Get In Touch

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

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