A range of student-led services are available to provide support for academic and personal worries, or allow you to discuss any problems you have in confidence.
Oxford SU (students' union) Student Advice Service
The SU runs a Student Advice Service which aims to provide a space for students to talk over their worries in confidence, and to offer information on a range of issues which you might encounter. Visit the SU website.
Run for and by students, Nightline provides you with the opportunity to talk to someone about anything you like. A completely independent, non-judgmental listening, support and information service, with no political, religious or moral bias, the service also provides information, from taxi numbers to the addresses of clinics and other support networks.
You may phone on a landline or mobile (reversed charges accepted), call on Skype (username is oxfordnightline) or drop in at the flat for coffee and a chat. There are always two people in the office, one male and one female. Strict confidentiality is assured and you do not have to give you name. Call 01865 270270 or visit the Nightline flat at 16 Wellington Square, from 20:00 to 08:00 every night during term and the weeks immediately before and after each term.
Mind your Head
The University of Oxford student-led organisation aims to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of mental health issues. Mind Your Head is designed to get people thinking and talking about mental health and wellbeing; creating a more welcoming culture for people who have experienced mental health problems, to spread the word about what ‘mental illness’ really means, and to encourage every student to look after their mental wellbeing.
The Mind Your Head website includes students’ stories about their experiences with mental health issues, blogs and resources. Meetings are on Wednesdays of odd weeks during term time. To find out more, email Mind your Head.
Student Minds - eating disorder group
Oxford 'Student Minds' Eating Disorder Group meets weekly throughout term to support students with eating disorders. The group is run by a team of trained student volunteers, making the meetings friendly and relaxed. Student Minds aims to bring students together to share strategies for managing mental health, to talk honestly in a safe and pro-recovery environment.
The group has a pro-recovery focus. Each session has a suggested discussion topic, such as settling into university or talking to friends, but you are welcome to bring along any topic of your own which you would like to discuss. There is no need to sign up, just drop by and say hello. Visit the Student Minds website or email Student Minds.