11 March: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our Recovery Groups are on waiting lists at the moment. You are very welcome to submit a referral to secure a place on the waiting list, but the referral will be on hold for the time being.
We understand that this may be a difficult time for you in terms of your mental health, and the COVID-19 pandemic is likely making things tougher. We are hopeful that it won’t be too long before we can re-open, and would like to reassure you that there is help available if you are struggling.
The Information and Advice Line at Oxfordshire Mind remains open, at 01865 247 788. Although they do not offer direct support, they will be able to give you an idea of what is still available.
If you are feeling particularly low or anxious, you can call the Samaritans for free at 116 123, and they will listen to you and support you.
From December people calling Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Mental Health Helpline will be able to ring NHS 111 – with local mental health advisors from Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust staffing a dedicated team of experts on hand to support people with their mental health.
Call NHS 111 for mental health advice for adults and children from Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire 24/7 Mental Health Helpline
There are two Safe Havens in the county offering crisis support from Friday-Monday from 6pm-10pm, but you must ring ahead first: Oxford 01865 903037, Banbury 01295 270004.
Whether you’re someone on their own recovery journey, supporting a friend or family member, or working with mental health, the Oxfordshire Recovery College welcomes everyone.
Rather than taking a clinical or therapeutic approach (doing things like providing diagnosis, prescribing medication or giving counselling), we follow an educational approach to recovery. This means that we believe that the more we can learn about ourselves, a particular diagnosis, or about tried-and-tested strategies, the more we can look after ourselves and each other.
Following government guidelines the Oxfordshire Recovery College has closed to attending students. The Recovery College is looking into creating online courses for the upcoming Summer Term.
If you are interested in becoming a student do make contact with a member of staff. The Recovery College Office will remain open with all staff working from home. If you would like to contact us, please do so by email at contactORC@restore.org.uk, or calling us on 01865 779613.
For more information do visit our website.
We have created a directory of useful and trusted websites with information on COVID-19, managing your mental health, activities to entertain yourself, online courses, virtual tours, ways to entertain children, and resources.
Although government guidelines necessitate that we practice ‘social distancing’ physically for the time being, we understand the importance of maintaining social contact in other ways. Please connect with us on our social pages where we’ll be posting important information and good news stories every day.
and keep up-to-date with any news developments here on our website.