If you are experiencing feelings of distress and despair, and need to talk to someone urgently, at any time or day or night, you can:
- Ring the Jericho Health Centre Emergency line on 01865 270300
- Ring Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90
If you don’t want to talk about your feelings, you can e-mail Samaritans jo(at)samaritans.org
If you have any concerns which you feel would be helped by a chat with a trained supporter in college, all members of the Welfare Team in College will be happy to talk to you and give advice. However, if you do not feel that these people could help you, there are many sources of support in Oxford, both in the University and outside.
You can make an appointment with your GP to discuss any aspect of your mental well-being, especially if you feel this might be connected to any physical concerns you might have. See information on how to make an appointment.
If you feel in a state of “crisis”, you can ring the emergency line.
University Counselling Service
The University runs a student counselling service, throughout the year, at 11 Wellington Square. They aim to give students an initial assessment within five working days, and can then offer regular counselling. You can make an appointment in person, by phone or by e-mail reception(at)counserv.ox.ac.uk
w: University Counselling Service
p: 01865 270300
Nightline is a helpline run by students and for students. It operates at night from 8pm to 8am during term time. You can phone them on (2)70270 or visit them at 16 Wellington Square. They can phone you back if you are calling from Oxford or a mobile phone. The service they provide is confidential, impartial and non-judgemental, and there is no religious, political or social bias. You can ask to talk to a male or female volunteer; whichever makes you feel more comfortable, and you can talk for as long as you want.
p: 01865 (2) 70270
Samaritans (also see below)
Samaritans provides a confidential, non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. Their Oxford branch is located at 60 Magdalen Road (off Cowley Rd), and is open daily 8am-10pm, with a 24-hour phoneline.
p: 01865 722 122
On the web
Mind offers advice and information on all aspects of mental health, on diagnosis, treatment, coping with mental health issues and raising awareness. Their website is an excellent resource, whether you are concerned for yourself or someone close to you, or you simply want to raise your own and others’ awareness about mental health issues in general.
p: 0845 766 0163
Samaritans provides a confidential, non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. You can write to them, send an e-mail, phone, or talk to someone face to face (see under Oxford, above)
p: 08457 90 90 90
BEAT is the UK’s leading charity for people suffering from eating disorders. If you think you, or a friend, may be suffering from an eating disorder, they provide information on several support groups, books and other resources, as well as a helpline.
p: 0845 634 1414
There is also a support page for those suffering from eating disorders on the OUSU Welfare website.