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Oxfordshire Support Finder

Comprehensive online directory of services, information and advice for health and wellbeing. The site is intended to be a one-stop-shop for information and advice to help you take control of your care and support.

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Oxford Student Mindfulness Society (OSMS)

Calm in Oxford - hard to find?

Mindfulness meditation is a well researched, non-religious and very effective means of alleviating stress, anxiety and depression, and promoting well-being, top performance and flourishing. We are working with trained teachers from the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, an international centre of excellence within Oxford University's Psychiatry Department.

If you're interested in the 8 week beginners' courses, which involve one hour-long session each week, we will let you know when the registration for next term's courses opens. All of these will be led by trained teachers from trained teachers from the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. For a three minute video, exploring what stress is and how mindfulness helps, click on the link.

You're very welcome to ‘like' our facebook page, and please get in contact by email if you have any questions.

The Archway Foundation

Loneliness is something we all may experience from time to time. This may not require medical help and yet some friendly support and a listening ear may be necessary to stop it becoming a major problem. On the other hand, experiencing mental health problems can result in feelings of isolation, loneliness and difficulties in making contact with others. Whatever the reason, loneliness and that awful feeling of being unwanted has become a major issue in our society today.

Individual support, opportunities for meeting with others in a supportive setting, plus invitations to events and outings are just some aspects of our service. Referrals or direct enquiries are welcome.

Oxfordshire Mind

Oxfordshire Mind provides a free confidential information and advice service on all issues relating to mental health. Mind's services are geared to help individuals, relatives and carers of those who are, or have been, experiencing mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, stress, loneliness and schizophrenia.

Mental health awareness training is available to employers and those supporting people with mental health difficulties.

Oxfordshire Mind Wellbeing Service

The Mind Wellbeing Service provides information, short courses and peer support groups helping people along the pathway to improved wellbeing and better mental health.

Oxford Cruse

Provides counselling for people affected by bereavement.

Oxford Friend

As part of the national Friend organisation, Oxford Friend offers counselling as well as information and general support for anyone who would like to discuss issues regarding sexual orientation. The service is confidential and free.

Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre

This service provides free confidential support to women who have experienced sexual abuse, harassment or domestic violence. They offer a support group service for women over the age of 18 who have experienced sexual violence.

Oxford Mental Health Forum

The aim of Oxford Mental Health Forum is to provide the opportunity for people affected by mental illness, including service users, carers, family and friends of sufferers, those working within the mental health profession, and others not included in the above group, but who are also affected, to have their say on local services and issues. A key aim of the forum is to provide discussion to allow the sharing of experiences, ideas, and views to help influence future research and service provision.

Oxfordshire Mindfulness Centre 

Oxfordshire Mindfulness offer Mindfulness training sessions, as well as information on Mindfulness and links to other Mindfulness pages.

Programmes are ongoing.


Safe! offers support for young people who have been harmed or affected by crime.

The Samaritans

The Samaritans provide emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress and despair, including those which may lead to suicide. They are available by telephone 24 hours a day, every day.

The service can be contacted at 60 Magdalen Road Oxford OX4 1RB. Telephone: 0845 790 9090. If the local line is engaged, a call to the national helpline may be diverted to the nearest line.


An easy to use and easy to browse A-Z directory of mental health conditions and treatments has been added to the Oxford Mental Health Forum website. This comprehensive list contains links to information on over 100 conditions and treatments from a range of reliable sources including NHS Choices, The Royal College of Psychiatrists, The Samaritans, Mind, Rethink Mental Illness, HealthtalkOnline, and the Mental Health Foundation.

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Last edited: 11 09 2014