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OSMHN Newsletter 18 (February 2011)

February 2011

Welcome to Issue 18 of the OSMHN Newsletter

We begin with one woman's personal account of becoming depressed after having been at Oxford University and of several of her Oxford University friends having a similar experience asking ‘is there perhaps something in the reflective bookish type that makes us prone to [depression?]' and also looking at the ongoing stigma and accompanying loneliness of depression. We have an update from Headspace in Oxford on the Mindfulness with CBT Groups for Students with Anxiety and/or Depression with very positive feedback from students and an article looking at an organisation promoting the often hidden problem of men with eating disorders along with lots of information on training courses/workshops.

If you have something that you would like to share with the network for example, a group, workshop or training course that you have either attended or organised please let us know about it. Or you may have come across a mental health issue which you think needs addressing in Higher Education or Further Education, some practice or policy that you think may have a positive or negative impact on the mental health of students. We would particularly like to hear from you if you have seen signs of budget cuts affecting the services students receive where once they may have received a service more easily.

If there are issues you would like to know more about and would like to see articles or workshops on please also let us know as this will inform future events.

Please get in touch with us with your contributions.




  1. An Individual Perspective: Depression - A Recovering Depressive's View
  2. Group work: Headspace Mindfulness with CBT Groups for Students with Anxiety and/or Depression
  3. ‘Men Get Eating Disorders Too' is the UK's only organisation specifically set up to cater for men who suffer from eating disorders
  4. Oxford Crisis House Project
  5. A Documentary by October Films about how mental illness affects young people
  6. The Daily Struggle - short student film by Craig Bruce
  7. Resources for Students
    • Re-Energize, the Oxford based mental health, user-run sports and social group
    • Drugwatch.com
    • http://www.oxfordshire-mind.org.uk/help - This link will take you to Oxfordshire Month in Mind February 2011 
  8. Training and Workshops
    • Relate:
    • Dealing with Difficult People Workshop
    • Making the Break
    • New Dates and Locations for Dealing with Difficult People Training Courses
    • Counselling Skills for Non-Counsellors
    • Further Application of Counselling Skills
    • Relate Oxfordshire -Stress Management for Line Managers
    • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT):
    • Across Cultures: Challenges and Possibilities 7th March 2010 / London Conference

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Last edited: 15 02 2011