Both LMH and the wider University offer a wealth of information and support for mental wellbeing.
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Supporting your mental health
If you would like help with low mood, depression, anxiety, stress, eating difficulties, another mental health problem or something else that is affecting your wellbeing, you can:
Make an appointment with one of the Heads of Wellbeing (Nicole Jones and Lizzie Shine, firstname.lastname@example.org), the College Nurse or a GP at Banbury Road Medical Centre
Contact the University Counselling Service to make an appointment for counselling (www.ox.ac.uk/students/welfare/counselling)
Refer yourself to Oxfordshire Talking Therapies, the local NHS service offering FREE talking therapies via their website (www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/oxon-talking-therapies)
Speak to any of the listed student and staff welfare contacts below, who are here to listen and support you in accessing further help if needed.
If you feel you are experiencing a mental health crisis or need urgent help, you should call the non-emergency helpline 111 (from a UK phone) or, in an emergency, 999.
- Oxford Safe Haven (OSH) - Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust provides an additional resource to out-of-hours service and is an alternative to hospital emergency departments for people experiencing a crisis with their mental health. OSH is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 6pm and 12.30am. The last entry is at 11.30pm. Please note the referrer or service user must call in advance to make sure that there is a space available
Alcohol and Drugs
If you feel alcohol or drugs are affecting one or several areas of your life or your friends’, there are several avenues of support both within and outside University. Oxford SU has a very good page with information and resources available to you.
Within College, you can contact Anne Harpin confidentiality for advice about drugs. Within the University, you can speak with a counsellor at the University Counselling Service or speak to an Advisor at the Student Advice Service to discuss options available to help resolve the issues that are affecting you.
You can also self-refer to Turning Point. This service offers motivational support, advice and treatment which address both physical and mental health needs and is free. The Oxford Hub is located at Turning Point Oxford, Rectory Road, Oxford, OX4 1BU. Tel: 01865 261 690.
Talk to Frank can provide friendly, confidential drugs advice.
- If you have any issues with eating that college provision may not seem to address, do contact the Domestic Bursar - 01865 611036 or email@example.com. We are committed to making sure that all members of our community feel welcome to eat in college. Please tell us about diets that we may not have included in our plans if they do not accommodate your needs on grounds of health or religion.
- Students who have (or believe they may be at risk of having) an eating disorder are invited to talk confidentially to Anne Harpin (firstname.lastname@example.org), the college GP and/or one of the Welfare Team.
In addition to the LMH Wellbeing Team and University Counselling Service, the following helplines and services are available to provide confidential support and advice:
- Nightline (an Oxford-based confidential night-time listening service, 8pm-8am, 0th week to 9th week during Oxford term time) – 01865 270 270
- Samaritans (at least two branches in Oxford here) – 08457 90 90 90 or 116 123 (UK) or 115 123 (ROI)
- Saneline (for anyone coping with mental illness) - 0300 304 7000 (6pm - 11pm)
- Oxfordshire Mind Guide - 01865 247 788, 9.30am – 4.30pm on weekdays, email@example.com, offering advice and a searchable directory of services in Oxfordshire.
- Minding Your Head, Lifeline - 0808 808 8000
- OU Counselling service – 01865 270 300, firstname.lastname@example.org (during term - Weeks 0-9 - reception is open 09:00-17:00, Monday-Friday. For pre-arranged appointments the Service remains open until 20:00, Monday-Thursday)
- Togetherall - an online service providing access to millions with anxiety, depression and other common mental health issues.
- Welfare teas are offered by the JCR and MCR, and are a great way to meet new people and talk to our wonderful Welfare reps.
You can also find more self-help resources and information on our resources page via the link below.