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This is a collection of links to organisations that may be useful to those living with mental health problems or those that support them. If you know of an organisation that should be added to this list please contact us to let us know.



Meeting people

These local organisations provide opportunities to meet up with others.


Alice’s Tea Party

An opportunity for a variety of people, many with mental health problems, relax and chat together whilst sharing activities, sandwiches, and tea. The tea party takes place every Thursday (except in August), 2.30pm to 4.30pm at St Mary & St John Church, Cowley Road, OX4 1XG. Just turn up!  07895 576398


The Archway Foundation

A charity that connects people with others to relieve some of the distress caused by loneliness. 

Telephone: 01865 790552


Gig Buddies

Participants joining this scheme, which is part of My Life, My Choice, are matched with a volunteer buddy who loves the same kind of ‘gigs’  so they can share activities together. Gig Buddies also runs monthly events for  gig buddies such a Pub Club, a walking club on the last Friday of every month, and day trips to places such as Blenheim Palace and the Science Museum in London.

Telephone: 01865 204214 or 07495 874291


Social connections through keeping fit


Sport in Mind

An independent mental health charity which provides free or low-cost activities to aid recovery from mental health problems. There are weekly football and table tennis activities in Oxford, plus other activities in Didcot and further afield.

Telephone: 0118 9479762


Oxford Ramblers

Previously Walking for Health they organise  short walks (usually around 5 miles) every week. Walks are led by a trained walk leader and are short and over easy terrain. They are open to everyone, but are especially aimed at those who are less active.

Telephone: 01865 552531

Mental health organisations based in Oxford


Oxfordshire Mind

Oxfordshire Mind provides over 30 free peer support groups across Oxfordshire. Each peer support group is different – it might be based in a specific location, or centre around an activity (such as art, sports, or cooking). The organisation also runs an Information Line for those concerned about their own mental health or the health of someone they know.

Telephone: 01865 247788

Rehab 4 Addiction

A website that offers guidance and support for people experiencing problems with substance misuse and co-occurring mental health in Oxfordshire in Oxfordshire.


Offers a range of services, including housing support to people with mental health problems and complex needs.

Telephone: 01865 397940



An Oxfordshire-based mental health charity that supports people to take control of their recovery, develop skills and lead meaningful lives. Restore offers a number of recovery groups, training and employment coaching.

Telephone: 01865 455821

Oxford Mindfulness

Oxford Mindfulness offers an on-line mindfulness session every evening at 7.00pm as well as 8 and 12 weeks courses.  No experience necessary.

TalkingSpace Plus

Talking Space Plus is a free NHS service for people living with depression or anxiety. The organisation offers a range of talking treatments, as well as many courses and peer support groups to help people stay well.

Telephone: 01865 901222 (or google Talking Space Plus Oxford)


National mental health organisations


Mental Health Foundation

A wide range of resources on mental health issues covering topics as diverse as diet, exercise, friendship, parenting, stigma, mental health services and cultural diversity.



A national provider of advice and support for anyone experiencing a mental health problem. The information pages on the website given information on everything from types of mental health problems to legal rights and tips for everyday living.



A national organisation that improves the lives of people severely affected by mental illness through our network of local groups and services, expert information and successful campaigning.


Someone to talk to


These organisations offer emotional support and someone to talk to when you need it.


CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) 

For men in the UK who need to talk or find information and support. Call 0800 58 58 58 (5pm–midnight, 365 days a year).


Safe Haven

If you experience a mental health crisis, Safe Haven offers telephone or face-to-face non-clinical crisis support, signposting, safety planning and listening support. It is open 7 days a week 11.30a.m.  to 9.30p.m. The first time you make contact they take a few details and fix your first appointment (usually the same day).

Telephone: (Oxford) 01865 903037 or 07710 092849

Telephone: (Banbury) 01295 270004 or 07851 246546



Emotional support (open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year) by freephone on 116 123, or reach the Oxford Samaritans on 01865 722 122.

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