What is Mental Health
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:
- Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
- Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
- Family history of mental health problems
Mental health problems are common but help is available. People with mental health problems can get better and many recover completely.
The Warneford Hospital, part of Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, is the main mental health in-patient facility in Oxfordshire.
Tel: 01865 901000
The Listening Centre provides low-cost counselling to people who are otherwise unable to afford it.
Recognising if you have concerns that are weighing you down and choosing to do something about them is the first step to self empowerment and healing.
Committed to supporting survivors of sexual abuse, rape, domestic abuse, and harassment. Offers a free and confidential service to women and girls who are dealing with the effects of sexual violence, and to anyone who is supporting them.
Committed to providing a professional counselling service in a supportive environment for women of Oxfordshire where, with the help of women counsellors, they can explore the pattern of their lives, and consider alternative perspectives and ways of thinking.
Tel: 01865 725617
Talking Space is a service hosted by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust (working in partnership with Oxfordshire Mind) to offer you help and support when you need it. It is a confidential service for people aged 18 years and over.
Tel: 01865 901222
Information and Support for all mental health issues.
Mind Infoline: 01865 263730
Help, information and support for all those affected by mental illness.
If something is troubling you, call Samaritans free, 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
For more information about mental health, ways to cope with it and more visit:
Children's Mental Health
It's okay to not feel okay, but there is hope and the NHS is here for you too. Help is available if you need it, including urgent 24/7 support and mental health services.
This can be a difficult time. For example, you may:
- feel sad or hopeless; like you do not want to be here any more
- have problems with your family, friends or at school
- hurt yourself or have thoughts about hurting yourself
- feel anxious and scared
- have problems with eating and food
- have trouble talking or sleeping
- hear voices or see things that worry you
- feel angry or are struggling to control your behaviour or temper
- find it hard to concentrate or get on with friends
- have to check or repeat things, or worry about germs
- do not like yourself or have low self-confidence
There are times when we all feel the strain. As parents and carers, there are ways we can support children and young people to give them the best chance to stay mentally healthy.
Struggling with your mental health can be tough and you don't have to do it alone. CAMHS can help if you're experiencing depression, eating problems, self-harm or other mental health issues.
Children and young people’s mental health services (CYPMHS) is used as a term for all services that work with children and young people who have difficulties with their mental health or wellbeing.