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Students who feel they may be suffering from a mental health condition or are concerned about their mental health are encouraged to contact one of many people who can offer support, both within college, the university and the NHS, as they feel able to.
You may be helped by a diagnosis through your GP or a mental health professional, which will allow you formal support through financial aid, expert advice and support. However, without a formal diagnosis you can very much access all that the University and College have to offer.
The university has an excellent Counselling Service, with professional psychologists who operate a confidential service that you can refer yourself to without involving anyone else. They can speak with you in person, with an appointment or via a drop-in clinic or by skype/phone if you wish. In addition their website provides many links, podcasts and articles that you can use for self-help remotely.
Within the College you can speak with the College nurse, peer supporters or junior deans in complete confidence, who can advise you further. The JCR and MCR welfare reps have experience of many students with mental health conditions and can certainly provide advice and support. These people can suggest next steps for what support would suit you best during your time at Oxford.
EMERGENCIES AND NHS
In an emergency, if you need immediate help call 999 (or 112 from a mobile phone).
NHS non-emergency services -111 - can also help put you in touch with mental or physical health.
The Oxford Student Mental Health Network has produced a useful set of guidelines to best support a student experiencing mental distress. These include who to contact, what information to gather, and how to stay safe while best supporting and reassuring the person being supported. These guidelines can be viewed as a flowchart here.
College Nurse: Victoria Mills (email@example.com)
The Junior Deans (Julie Dequaire living on Main Site, George Klaeren living at the GAB) can be contacted by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or you can ask to speak/meet with them via the lodge (01865 276444)
The following will speak with you in complete confidence, and also have websites you might find useful:
Oxford University Student Union student advice page has a list of advice services you can contact if you are concerned about your physical, emotional or mental health. The following will speak with you in complete confidence, and also have websites you might find useful.
Nightline - Confidential listening service run for and by students of Oxford and Oxford Brookes from 8pm-8am, 0th-9th week during Oxford term time. Contact: 01865 270 270
Samaritans - 116 123 (UK) free, from any phone. 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They offer a safe place to talk any time: email@example.com
Saneline - For anyone coping with mental illness, from 6pm-11pm. Contact: 0300 304 7000
Oxfordshire Mind Guide - 01865 247 788
Minding Your Head - for mental health support. Contact: 0808 808 8000
OU Counselling service - Contact: 01865 270 300