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Welcome to the Oxford Student Mental Health Network

Support for students with mental health problems

The OSMHN website is currently being updated. Please revisit to find out about upcoming events that we are planning.

OSMHN is a partnership between local education institutions and health service providers, which focuses on student mental health issues in Oxford. It provides a programme of training and workshops for people who work with students in a variety of contexts: higher and further education institutions, health services, the voluntary sector and private practice.

OSMHN does not offer direct support or advice to students, but the ‘For students' pages of the website provide information on mental health issues, self-help materials and sources of help. OSMHN also welcome enquiries from those organisations and services that are involved in supporting students with mental health problems.

OSMHN is staffed one day per week by a part-time co-ordinator, who can be contacted at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

We are always pleased to receive suggestions for further workshops - please contact us with your suggestions.

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The Oxford Student Mental Health Network |Site Map

Site Map

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The Oxford Student Mental Health Network |OSMHN Newsletters

OSMHN Newsletters

An archive of OSMHN's Newsletters.

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The Oxford Student Mental Health Network |Workshops and Training

Workshops and Training

Training courses are offered by:

Mind Wellbeing Service

The service runs a range of short courses, for example wellbeing, CBT based and particular health needs.

Oxford Co-operative Training Scheme

The OCTS provides training to front line staff within the voluntary and statutory sector in Oxfordshire around working with those with multiple and complex problems. For details click on the link above and go to 'courses'.

Talking Space

Talking Space run a variety of groups and classes, for example on Mindfulness and depression and anxiety. They also offer Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) either in groups or on an individual basis. Clients may self refer.

Oxfordshire Relate

Relate have a bespoke training service and run a range of courses on topics such as Listening Skills, Dealing with Difficult Situations, Dealing with Difficult People, Basic Counselling Skills, Bereavement and Loss and Managing Stress. For further information on forthcoming courses, click on the link above.

Self Injury Support

Offers Specialist training in working with people who self injure and understanding borderline personality disorder. Theyare the only UK-wide charity offering both training and support around self harm to people of all ages.

They offer in house training on:

  • Working with people who self injure
  • Working with young people who self injure
  • Working with people with learning disabilities who self injure
  • Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder

You can read more about the course content here: http://selfinjurysupport.org.uk/training or if you would like to discuss bespoke training.




Miles for Mental Health

Miles for Mental Health, is being organised by Student Minds for the 5th of July. The goal of this event is to bring together individuals who have supported students through mental health difficulties. We'd like to start a conversation between supporters and the organisations working in student mental health, to see if together we can find new solutions to improve the state of student mental health. We want to recognise and celebrate the amazing support that family, friends and professionals provide. For further information please click on the link above. 


PWP National Networking Forum

Monday 15th June 2015

Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club, Brighton
Visit the PWP NNF homepage

1. IAPT National Update: Hear from the national team
2. Career Development and Specialist Roles for PWPs

3. Working with GAD (General Anxiety Disorder) & Advanced Behavioural Activation Skills
4. Senior PWP Networking Workshop

5. Low Intensity Interventions for OCD
6. Working with Older People - Advanced Skills for PWPs

View the current programme 

This conference will be made up of presentations and interactive sessions which will enable you to share experiences and learn from each other, leaving the day armed with new ideas and new contacts.

Special NHS and Public Sector price - Book on or before 31st March and receive an early bird rate of £149 + VAT* (Standard price £199 + VAT)

Book your place by:

  • Emailing the bookings team
  • Book your place online
  • Call the event organisers on 01732 897788

PLEASE QUOTE NICHOLA AS YOUR ‘where did you hear about the event' SOURCE - THANK YOU

Finally, all registered attendees can submit a poster which shares innovative and effective ways of PWP working.

Please do take the time to book your place at this dedicated networking event for PWPs.


Islamic Psychology and Mental Health: Working Collaboratively

10th JUNE 2015 LONDON / 12th JUNE MANCHESTER 2015

Clients from Muslim backgrounds are increasingly using Mental Health and Psychological Services in the UK and present with varied explanatory models of mental distress, coping and treatment. Muslims also differ between themselves in terms of their degree of religiosity, particular cultural background and perceived discrimination. It is then important that there is some collaborative understanding on how this complexity impacts on the delivery of effective mental health services.

This conference aims to explore and debate the critical perspectives, themes and concepts that underpin ‘Muslim Psychology' and models of mental health and illness and consider how these might relate to ‘mainstream' psychological and mental health services in the UK.

Who should attend?

This conference will be relevant to all professionals in the field of Mental Health and Social Care, including those from Local Authorities and NHS trusts across the UK, Social Workers, Approved Mental Health Professionals, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Early Intervention Teams, CPN's, OT's, Chaplains, Community Faith Leaders & Healers, Equality Leads, Community Development Workers, Service User Representatives, Charities, Third Sector, Educational Establishments, Academics and Policy makers.

Further information and booking form.

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The Oxford Student Mental Health Network |Events and Workshops - Introduction

Events and Workshops - Introduction

OSMHN runs workshops for staff on issues relating to student mental health. The workshops provide attendees with an invaluable source of information and guidance on student mental health issues and additionally, provide a mechanism to enable staff members from local institutions and organisations to share experiences and knowledge.

These seminars are proving highly successful and well attended and are both helpful in increasing knowledge and understanding of a particular topic and practical and immediately applicable.

OSMHN is running a series of Lunch Time Seminars this academic year on mental health topics.

These seminars are proving highly successful and well attended and are both helpful in increasing knowledge and understanding of a particular topic and practical and applicable.  (Please note: the aim of the seminars is not to teach diagnostic or therapeutic skills.)


Whether you work in an academic, non-academic or residential role at Oxford University, Oxford Brookes University, City of Oxford College or Ruskin College, the voluntary sector or are a health or social care professional... ALL STAFF ARE WELCOME

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The Oxford Student Mental Health Network |Privacy Policy

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OSMHN does not capture and store any personal information about individuals who access this website, except where you voluntarily choose to give us your personal details via e-mail, by filling out the enquiry form or by joining the mailing list. We will treat the personal information that you have supplied to us in accordance with the current legislation, and will not pass it to any outside organisations.


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The Oxford Student Mental Health Network |Disclaimer


External links have been provided to provide users with additional information. OSMHN is not responsible for the availability or content of these external sites, nor does it endorse, warrant or guarantee the products, services or information described or offered.

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