Support in Oxford
It is estimated that 1 in 4 students will experience some kind of mental health problem during the course of a year, and many of these conditions will be to do with feeling low and anxious. There are many sources of advice and support in Oxford which are free and readily available to you, and may prove useful. These resources include your GP (as they are not just concerned with your physical health; GPs actually spend a lot of time helping with mental issues).
The University Counselling Service is a free and confidential, non-emergency service. Open from Monday to Friday, form 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Call 01865 270300 or e-mail them to book an appointment. Visit their website for more information.
Nightline is a student-run listening service, that runs from 8:00 pm to 8:00 am, during term (from 0th Week to 9th Week). Call (01865 270270) or visit their website.
Mind is a mental health charity that is here to make sure anyone with a mental health problem has somewhere to turn for advice and support. Sometimes finding the right help can be difficult. That’s why they’ve brought all the mental health services in Oxfordshire together into one directory. From recovery and support groups to community mental health teams, they hold up-to-date contact details for a wide range of services as well as information and links about mental health. The Mind Info Line, 01865 247788, is available Monday to Friday, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. If you can’t find what you’re after in the directory, you can contact them.
The Crisis Line, run by Oxfordshire Mind, is available daily, from 7:00 am to 1:00 am. Just call 0168 251152.
Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity. They believe that peer interventions can change the state of student mental health. They deliver research-driven training and support to equip students to bring about positive change on their campuses through campaigning and facilitating peer support programmes. In Oxford they run a support group for students with eating disorders, providing a completely safe and confidential environment. The group meets Thursdays (Weeks 1-8) from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Davis Room at St Peter’s College. Visit their website or e-mail them for more information.
The Samaritans run a confidential, listening service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Oxford Samaritans branch is located at 60 Magdalen Road. You can call 01865 72212 or 08457 909090 to speak with one of their volunteers. To find out more about the Samaritans and the services they provide, visit their website.
TalkingSpace Oxfordsire works actively with people struggling with depression and anxiety, helping them move forward and recover using psychological therapies that work. Call 01865 325777 or visit their website for more information.
The Oxford Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre is run by a collective of women committed to supporting survivors of sexual abuse, rape, domestic abuse, and harassment. They offer a free and confidential service to women and girls who are dealing with sexual violence. Call 01865 726295 or visit their website for more information.