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Support for students impacted by recent global events

The University wishes to acknowledge that the news of the earthquake in Morocco and floods in Libya is very upsetting, particularly for our students from these countries and surrounding areas.

The University has written direct to students with Moroccan or Libyan nationality in their student record to offer welfare and other types of support.  

We acknowledge that a number of students may be worried about family and friends in the affected areas and these events are likely to impact study and wider university life. Both the University and colleges are working to ensure all members of the University community are supported as much as possible. 

Students are encouraged to seek support, whether you are looking for practical help, advice, or someone to talk to and there are a number of options to you as a member of Oxford. 
University support  
College welfare teams, including Chaplaincy, departmental staff, and Oxford SU are here to support you, in addition to the therapeutic and psychological support offered by the University Counselling Service. 
Further support  
If you feel anxious or in distress and want to speak to someone outside the University: 

If you want to speak to a mental health professional now: 

  • NHS Mental Health Helpline is open 24/7 for people who need mental health care when their situation is not life threatening 

  • Togetherall is an NHS-approved service providing mental health support 24/7 to students, wherever you are in the world. Register free with your Oxford email to talk online to a mental health professional using the ‘message a wall guide’ feature or connect with other students through online forums 

  • Oxford Safe Haven offers short-term support out-of-hours for people in Oxfordshire who are experiencing a mental health crisis including suicidal thoughts, via telephone and face-to-face support. 

At times of heightened worry and stress it is important to stay in touch with support networks and maintain our usual routines as much as possible. If you need to take some time away from your studies, we encourage you to speak with your college and academic department, who will be able to advise further.