For information on befriending organisations http://www.befriending.co.uk/
Articles on Befriending
McCorkle, B. H., Rogers, E. S., Dunn, E. C., Lyass, A., & Wan, Y. M. (2008). Increasing social support for individuals with serious mental illness: Evaluating the compeer model of intentional friendship. Community mental health journal,44(5), 359-366. http://i5.compeer.org/Portals/58/Increasing%20Social%20Support%20for%20Individuals%20with%20Serious%20Mental%20Illness%20Evaluating%20the%20Compeer%20Mode.pdf
Mead, N., Lester, H., Chew-Graham, C., Gask, L., & Bower, P. (2010). Effects of befriending on depressive symptoms and distress: systematic review and meta-analysis. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 196(2), 96-101. http://bjp.rcpsych.org/content/196/2/96.full
On-line Articles by Tandem’s Chair – Dr Jonathan Leach
- Where do we get the help that really counts?
- Why friendships are vital to your well being
- Can your friend be your therapist?
- What can I do about my mental health when I don’t have the support I need?
- Is being a student good for your mental health?
Improving Mental Health through Social Support:
by Jonathan Leach (Chair of Tandem’s Management Committee) published in 2015 by Jessica Kingsley, London
Oxfordshire Mind http://www.oxfordshire-mind.org.uk/
Mental Health Foundation http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/
Sources of paid-for support
The Counselling Directory Find a counsellor or psychotherapist near you
From alienists to counsellors: the changing face of mental health services in Oxfordshire
Hook Norton Madhouse
This talk was given by John Hall, Professor of Mental Health at Oxford Brookes University, covering the journey from the 18th century private madhouses, through the development of mental hospitals and the involvement of the voluntary sector in Oxfordshire.