These institutions offer sound information on how to address mental health problems. Some focus on providing an overview and others offer treatment or support.
Live Well - a comprehensive and sensible NHS website that addresses general and specific and mental health issues. It offers advice on self-care; video explanations from experts and real-life examples of recovery.
Al-Anon UK - offers support to anyone whose life has been affected by someone else's drinking. There are three support groups in Oxford and others across the county.
Mind - an informative website for those suffering from mental distress and those who care for them. This link is to their 'Booklets' web page, it offers guides on most mental health issues, including expert advice on medication.
Mental Health Foundation – free mental health podcasts are available to improve mental health or to begin tackling anxiety, fear, stress, anger, physical health and poor sleep.
Pornography - the Childline website provides sane advice about online sex, it is written for older children but its friendly, non-nonsense approach it helpful for adults too.
Talking Space Plus - provides free Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Patients receive remedial information and instructions to follow. CBT could suit you if you like the idea of being taken through a short, intensive program of activities to address a specific mental health problem. It's for Oxon GP registered residents only.
Sleepio - is a free online sleep improvement programme for people living in Oxfordshire. If you want to use lockdown to sort out your sleep hygiene and establish better sleep habits this should help.
Anxiety & the Brain - an American psychologist explains the brain processes that influence anxiety and behavioural techniques to help. Understanding and addressing what's physically going on in your anxious brain is a good basis for creating calm. There are some sound tips at the end about relaxation, distraction and sleep.
These organisations specialise in helping anyone who has been attacked or involved in something traumatic. Telltale signs of trauma are that the events are deeply disturbing and healing/moving on from them doesn't happen.
Relate - this national charity's explanation of what emotional abuse is.
UK Trauma Council - this short film from UKTC explains what happens in the brain after children face traumatic experiences in childhood, like abuse and neglect.
Rape Crisis - is a national charity and the umbrella body for a network of Rape Crisis Centres - women only.
Rights of Women - is a charity that provides legal information on issues that impact women's lives. Here is their guide on coercive control.
Male Survivors Partnership - MSP is a consortium of sexual abuse, rape and sexual exploitation support organisations that offer specialist support to boys and men across the UK, working together for the purpose of generating healing.
One In Four - supports people who have experienced child sexual abuse.
The Survivors Trust - helps people feel safer and find the strength to move beyond a crime that has happened to them recently or in the past. Their support is free and confidential.
Victim Support – is a UK-wide national umbrella agency for 135 specialist organisations for support for the impact of rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse.
These websites can help you to look after yourself and enhance your well-being if you feel fairly well.
Podcasts for Students - Oxford University Counselling Service's practical and kindly podcasts that can help return order to a frazzled mind.
The School of Life - a cultural enterprise offering ideas for everyday life. It offers a variety of programs and services concerned with how to live wisely, as well as how to nourish and take care of your mind.
Oxford Mindfulness Centre - offers mindfulness training in Oxford.
Free Mindfulness - free mindfulness exercises in a variety of styles and duration for those who are cultivating calmness.
TED talks - in these talks wise, humorous psychotherapist share their understanding of conflict (Lerner), vulnerability (Brown) and sexual relationships (Perel).
Your GP surgery website is also likely to have information about resources they can offer such as an online 'Mood Gym'.