Oxford SU takes mental health seriously and is working to tackle the issues that students face at University.

We are campaigning to ensure that the University is providing a world class pastoral service, especially around mental health.

That they are some very specific health problems that Oxford students face and we are working to support them and ease access of services.


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What is Mind Your Head?

Mind Your Head is Oxford SU’s flagship mental health campaign. Along with the Oxford SU Disabilities Campaign we decided relaunch Mind Your Head this year because talking about mental health still can be a really uncomfortable topic to talk about.

Indeed, talking about mental health is sometimes still difficult, but it doesn’t have to be! Sometimes you might even think its your own fault or because you’re ‘weak’. People often think this because of the negative portrayal of mental health issues in the media and the associated stigma.

But in reality – having mental health issues is something that most people have experienced.


What is mental health and why is it important?

Mental health can be a very confusing term and people often think it just means mental illness, when that is only one part of what it can mean. Mind, a mental health charity, offer a really good explanation of what mental health means:

'Mental health is like physical health everybody has it and we need to take care of it. Good mental health means being generally able to think, feel and react in the ways that you need and want to live your life. But if you go through a period of poor mental health you might find the ways you’re frequently thinking, feeling or reacting become difficult, or even impossible, to cope with. This can feel just as bad as a physical illness, or even worse.’



What the SU does



Mental health has always been a major priority of the SU. During 2018, we successfully campaigned for a University Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy which will change the landscape of mental health provision within the university for years to come. 

The SU is also making a ‘Welfare Norrington Table’ to show the level of disparities between the colleges and how urgently this needs to be redressed

Our sabbatical officers also regularly help common rooms lobby for better welfare provisions within their common room, all you have to do is drop them an email!



The SU runs a variety of liberation campaigns that you can get involved in.
The Disabilities Campaign which campaigns specifically for better mental health provisions within the University. 

If you ever have an issue that you would like to campaign on all you have to do is email any of the sabbatical officers and they will be happy to help!



We also can provide you with some support. Our Student Advice service is a free, impartial and confidential service that runs drop ins from Monday-Thursday. They also run a weekly wellbeing dog walk and regularly run yoga sessions. You can contact them here with any issues on advice@oxfordsu.ox.ac.uk


Read the full Mind Your Head week guide, here

Plain text version available here



During the week we will be releasing a series of videos to highlight the impact that mental health has on students at Oxford. 







Where Can I Get Support?

If you're experiencing mental health problems or need urgent support, there are lots of places you can go to for help.



Telephone: 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call)
Email: jo@samaritans.org
Website: www.samaritans.org

Provides confidential, non-judgemental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. You can phone, email, write a letter or in most cases talk to someone face to face.


Mind Infoline

Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (9am-6pm Monday to Friday) or text 86463
Email: info@mind.org.uk
Website: www.mind.org.uk/information-support/helplines

Mind provides confidential mental health information services.

With support and understanding, Mind enables people to make informed choices. The Infoline gives information on types of mental health problems, where to get help, drug treatments, alternative therapies and advocacy. Mind works in partnership with around 140 local Minds providing local mental health services.


Rethink Mental Illness Advice Line

Telephone: 0300 5000 927 (9.30am - 4pm Monday to Friday)
Email: online contact form
Website: http://www.rethink.org/about-us/our-mental-health-advice

Provides expert advice and information to people with mental health problems and those who care for them, as well as giving help to health professionals, employers and staff. Rethink also runs Rethink services and groups across England.



Telephone: 0300 304 7000 (4:30pm-10:30pm)
Website: www.sane.org.uk/what_we_do/support/helpline

Saneline is a national mental health helpline providing information and support to people with mental health problems and those who support them.


The Mix

Telephone: 0808 808 4994 (11am-11pm, free to call)
Email: Helpline email form
Crisis Support: Text 'THEMIX' to 85258.
Website: www.themix.org.uk/get-support

The Mix provides judgement-free information and support to young people aged 13-25 on a range of issues including mental health problems. Young people can access the The Mix's support via phone, email, webchat, peer to peer and counselling services.


ChildLine (under 18's)

Telephone: 0800 1111
Website: www.childline.org.uk

ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of nineteen. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor for free about anything - no problem is too big or too small. 



Website: http://elefriends.org.uk/

Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. Elefriends is run by Mind. 

If you're a carer needing support you can contact all of the above as well as Carers Direct and the Carers Trust, both of whom are able to provide support and advice on any issues affecting you.


What should I do if I'm supporting someone in a crisis?

If the person seems really unwell, and you are worried about their safety, you should encourage them to seek help.

How to support someone in crisis


(source: time-to-change.org.uk/mental-health-and-stigma/help-and-support)



The Mental Health Act 1983

NHS Mental Health Services 

Mental Health Act: your rights 

Oxford University Mental Health Resource