The Oxford Student Mental Health Network (OSMHN) was originally funded for a three-year period up to the end of March 2003 by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). It employed a part time Director, full time Project Manager and part time Administrator.
The Project was originally a partnership between Oxford Brookes University, the University of Oxford, Oxford College of Further Education (now Oxford and Cherwell Valley College), Oxford City Primary Care Trust and Oxfordshire Mental Healthcare NHS Trust (now Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust).
The OSMHN Project originally set out to conduct research and development activities, which would 1) Promote mental well-being amongst the student population, 2) Support students who develop mental health problems during their studies and 3) Support people with a history of mental health problems who are entering Further or Higher Education. Reports relating to the HEFCE-funded period can be found within the 'Research' section of the site.
At the end of the three-year HEFCE-funded period, the Steering Group decided that the network should be maintained in order to build on the improved communication and understanding about students' mental health needs that has been achieved across the educational and health care sectors.