Mental Health and Wellbeing

Why do we need Services for People Affected by Mental Ill-health?

People who experience poor mental health can become withdrawn, isolated and find it difficult to manage day-to-day activity. Prevention, early intervention and a focus on support and recovery can help people manage the effects of mental ill-health and live with greater independence. If we can sustain and improve services we can prevent ill health, reducing suffering, lower the burden of disease, and reduce the impact on health services.

Mental Health Services in Oxfordshire

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist mental health services to people of all ages in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, forensic mental health services across the Thames Valley, services for children and adolescents in Wiltshire, Bath and North East Somerset as well as specialist eating disorder services for adults in Wiltshire.  It also provides community health services to people in Oxfordshire.

Staff work closely with GP practices, community pharmacies, children’s centres, school charities, universities, voluntary groups and county council services to make sure patients get ‘joined up’ care. NHS healthcare services are provided either in community hospitals or from within local communities to support people near or in their homes. Most people are referred by their GP but they can also be referred by social services, housing departments, schools or the criminal justice system.

The Oxfordshire Mind Guide website is an online database providing accessible information about local mental health services.

Suicide Prevention

Organisations from across Oxfordshire have shown their commitment to making prevention a priority for improved mental health, and reduced suicide and self-harm as part of new partnership groups and plans.

The Suicide and Self Harm Prevention Strategy (2020-2024), represents the combined work of the Oxfordshire Suicide Prevention Multi-Agency Group, combined with residents’ views, gained via focus groups and surveys. It aims to focus on suicide safer communities, front line professionals and settings, accessible support for those bereaved by or with living experience of suicide, and a strong integrated prevention network.