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.
These local organisations provide opportunities to meet up with others.
Alice’s Mad Hatter Tea Party
An opportunity for a variety of people, many with mental health problems, relax and chat together whilst sharing cakes, sandwiches, and tea. The tea party takes place on the second Tuesday of every month, 3pm to 4.30pm at Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1UR. Just turn up!
The Archway Foundation
A charity that connects people with others to relieve some the distress caused by loneliness. Archway runs social groups such as the Wednesday Welcome Café which is open to all, and the Social Hub every Tuesday for young adults to meet.
Telephone: (Oxford)01865 790552
(Abingdon) 07718 769103
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
Coasters, which is delivered through Response, provides those living with mental health problems with a range of regular, well-structured and easily accessible activities ranging from football to badminton and from rock-climbing to countryside day walks. These activities are suitable for any level of fitness and the emphasis is on making people feel at ease and welcome. Coasters also organises a two week coast-to-coast walk every year.
Telephone: 01865 397940
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
Walking for Health
Walking for Health offers over 1,800 free, short walks 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.
Mental health organisations based in Oxford
Oxfordshire Mind provides over 50 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
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
Talking Space Plus, run in partnership with Oxfordshire Mind 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
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).
A supportive online community, a safe place to listen, share and be heard.
If you experience a mental health crisis at the weekend, Safe Haven offers out-of-hours, face-to-face non-clinical crisis support, signposting, safety planning and listening support over the weekend. It is open on Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday from 6pm until 10pm. You will need to call ahead on the referral line which open from 5pm on the day of the service. The last entry is at 9pm.
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.