Befriending Networks

Befriending Networks

For information on befriending organisations

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.

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.


On-line Articles by Tandem’s Chair – Dr Jonathan Leach


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Improving Mental Health through Social Support: 

by Jonathan Leach (Chair of Tandem’s Management Committee) published in 2015 by Jessica Kingsley, London

Other organisations


Oxfordshire Mind





Mental Health Foundation


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.

You can hear a recording of John’s talk here: John Hall History of MH Oxon and download a list of associated readings here: Tandem talk reading

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