Mental health

Mental health is about how we think, feel and behave. One in four people in the UK have a mental health problem at some point in their lives, which affects their daily life, relationships or physical health.

Mental health disorders take many different forms and affect people in different ways. Schizophrenia, depression and personality disorders are all examples of mental health problems. Diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia generally develop in old age, whereas eating disorders are more common in young people.

You can subscribe to wellbeing podcasts on the Mental Health Foundation Website.

The website of the Mental Health Foundation outlines the charity’s work in research, policy, service development and service user involvement. The site offers information and publications to download on research, good practice in services and on mental health problems and key issues.

Useful Links

Counselling Services

Alcohol and Drug Addiction
Information for anyone affected by drug and alcohol problems.

An information sheet helping to understand more about the causes, treatment and understanding of Depression.

Elmore Community Services
Elmore Community Services. An organisation providing flexible support in complex situations in Oxfordshire.

Help in a crisis – Oxfordshire Mind
Some ways to access help if you are in a mental health crisis, or know someone who is.

Mental Health – Healthtalkonline
Healthtalkonline, an award-winning charity website, lets you share in other people’s experiences of health and illness. An excellent resource compiled after interviewing a wide range of people suffering from heart disease.

Mental Health Foundation
Founded in 1949, the Mental Health Foundation is a leading UK charity that provides information, carries out research, campaigns and works to improve services for anyone affected by mental health problems, whatever their age and wherever they live.

Mental Health Services – Oxfordshire County Council
Services, advice and contacts for people with mental health needs and their carers.

National Association for People Abused in Childhood
NAPAC (the National Association for People Abused in Childhood) offers support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse, including physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect.

Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Complex Needs Service
A service for people who have long term emotional difficulties, trouble coping, or mental health difficulties sometimes described as ‘personality disorder’ or ‘complex needs’.

Oxford Mental Health Forum
Oxford Mental Health Forum is a web resource aimed primarily at people living in Oxfordshire affected by mental illness and those who have an interest in mental health.

Oxfordshire Mind
A mental health charity that offers that anyone with a mental health problem has somewhere to turn for advice and support.

The Oxfordshire Mind Guide
A directory of all the mental health services in Oxfordshire.

Oxfordshire Recovery College
Recovery Colleges are different to any mental health supports you’ve seen before. Rather than taking a clinical or therapeutic approach they follow an educational approach to recovery, meaning that the more we learn about ourselves, a diagnosis, or about tried-and-tested strategies, the more we can look after ourselves and each other.

Oxfordshire Roads to Recovery – Turning Point
Roads to Recovery is the countywide integrated alcohol and drugs service. We offer support to individuals throughout Oxfordshire from our full-time, dedicated recovery hubs.

Restore is an Oxfordshire-based mental health charity that supports people to take control of their recovery, develop skills and lead meaningful lives. We offer recovery groups, training and employment coaching to make this possible.

Talk to us any time you like, in your own way, and off the record – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal.

Talking Space Plus
TalkingSpace Plus is an NHS service that is easy to access, offering a confidential service for adults aged 18 and over who are registered with an Oxfordshire GP. We offer a range of talking treatments and well-being activities that help people to overcome their depression and anxiety and stay well.

Youper can help you feel more productive and less stressed. Youper was born from the idea that everyone can become the best version of themselves, like being a super you. 

Guideposts exists to provide services to meet individual needs so that each person has the opportunity to fulfill their aspirations and maximise their potential. We seek to achieve excellence in our work and lead the way in researching, delivering and disseminating good practice.’

Aspireoxfordshire – We empower vulnerable people facing homelessness, poverty and disadvantage to find employment and housing. We support over 2,000 people every year across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. ‘

Resources for Children and Young Adults

Campaign Against Living Miserably – The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against male suicide, the single biggest cause of death of men under 45 in the UK. Join the campaign to take a stand against male suicide and get the tools you need for action.

Young Minds – a charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people, offering free confidential online and telephone support.

Family Lives – a national charity providing help and support, offering free telephone support with a trained support worker 7 days a week.

Yellow Submarine – an organisation that helps people with learning disabilities and autism live life to the full.

Oxfordshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub – information for people wishing to raise concerns regarding the safety or welfare of a child or young person. – includes information about opportunities, activities and services for children and young people in Oxfordshire.

Oxfordshire Sexual Health Service – Oxford and Banbury clinics are sexual health clinics offering a full range of services including genitourinary medicine (GUM) and contraception: testing for and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), all types of contraception including emergency contraception, advice on safer sex, relationships, drug use or other health related issues, and HIV care. – have quick conversations and daily lessons to feel better. Woebot has been shown to reduce symptoms associated with anxiety and depression in just two weeks.


Dementia Oxfordshire
Dementia Oxfordshire is a partnership between three local charities, Age UK Oxfordshire, Guideposts and YoungDementia UK, who are bringing together their specialist expertise to develop and deliver a new Dementia Support Service for people of all ages.

Are you looking after someone with Dementia?
Dementia Oxfordshire is offering the opportunity to have three free carers awareness sessions. View the above poster for more information.

Am I a Carer?

Dementia carers
Local information for carers of people with dementia.

Dementia Contacts Guide
A guide to local contacts and resources about dementia in North and West Oxfordshire.

Alzheimer’s Disease
An information sheet helping to understand more about Alzheimer’s Disease.

Alzheimer’s Society
Comprehensive information for people with all forms of dementia. Alzheimer’s Society is a membership organisation, which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Join Dementia Research
A new service which allows people to register their interest in participating in dementia research and be matched to suitable studies.

There are thousands of studies that have shown mindfulness meditation can positively impact mental and physical health. Whether it’s by reducing stress, improving sleep, increasing focus, or improving relationships, research shows mindfulness works.