World Mental Health Day

If you’re a student at the College and you need to talk to somebody then there are people here to help.

Saturday 10th October is World Mental Health Day and as 2020 has been so hard, confusing, frightening and downright strange for us all, it's more important than ever that we look after ourselves and look out for each other.

How the College can help

The College’s experienced student counsellor, Emma Holmes, works with the Student Services team and can provide short term or drop in support. Further details are available in the student services offices in D506/D507.

Or you can make an appointment with our College Nurse, Claire, by either calling/texting 07900 406228 or by emailing Claire.smith@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk.

Find out more about all the support the College can offer here.

More helping hands

Although sometimes just simply taking the time to stop and rest can be helpful, or even just sharing a cup of tea with someone who is not doing so well can make the world of difference, but if you, or someone you know is really struggling, then there are so many organisations out there ready to help young people and adults.

Here are just a few of the organisations offering help and advice:

The Mix

The Mix provides judgement-free information and support to young people aged 13-25 on a range of issues including mental health problems. Young people can access the The Mix's support via phone, email, webchat, peer to peer and counselling services.

Telephone: 0808 808 4994 (11am-11pm, free to call)
Email: Helpline email form
Crisis Support: Text 'THEMIX' to 85258.
Website: www.themix.org.uk/get-support

ChildLine

ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of nineteen. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor for free about anything - no problem is too big or too small. 

Telephone: 0800 1111
Website: www.childline.org.uk

Mind

Mind provides confidential mental health information services.

With support and understanding, Mind enables people to make informed choices. The Infoline gives information on types of mental health problems, where to get help, drug treatments, alternative therapies and advocacy. Mind works in partnership with around 140 local Minds providing local mental health services.

Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (9am-6pm Monday to Friday) or text 86463
Email: info@mind.org.uk
Website: www.mind.org.uk/information-support/helplines

Samaritans

Provides confidential, non-judgemental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. You can phone, email, write a letter or in most cases talk to someone face to face.

Telephone: 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call)
Email: jo@samaritans.org
Website: https://www.samaritans.org

SHOUT

Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.

Text: 85258
Website: https://www.giveusashout.org/

Carers

If you're a carer needing support you can contact all of the above as well as Carers Direct and the Carers Trust, both of whom are able to provide support and advice on any issues affecting you.

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