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Oxford Business College National services

Student specific support
Name What we do Contact
Eating Disorder Support – Student Minds An Eating Difficulties Peer Support Group which meets on campus and is run by Exeter Student Minds. https://www.studentminds.org.uk/supportforafriend-eatingdisorders.html
Fixers Website encouraging 16-25year old’s to become ‘fixers’ who share their own personal stories and passion to create positive change for themselves and those around them. Plenty of info and resources about many issues. http://www.fixers.org.uk/
Look After Your Mate – Student Minds Information for students worried or concerned about a friend’s mental health. https://www.studentminds.org.uk/supportforafriend-eatingdisorders.html
Mindfulness for Students Supporting the practice of Mindfulness in Further Education. Mindfulness related resources and information. http://www.mindfulnessforstudents.co.uk
The Mix UK’s leading support service for under 25’s. Helping you take on any challenge you are facing from mental health to money, break ups and relationships to drugs. 24-hour support via online chat, email or free, confidential helpline. http://www.themix.org.uk/
Save the Student Free, impartial advice on student finance and money matters. https://www.savethestudent.org/
Students Against Depression Website run by students for students offering advice, information, guidance and resources to those affected by low mood, depression and suicidal thinking. http://www.studentsagainstdepression.org/
Student Minds The UK’s student mental health charity. Empowering students with knowledge, confidence and skills to look after their own mental health as well as to support others. http://studentminds.org.uk/
University Mental Health Advisers Network Network of Mental Health Specialists working in Higher Education. Information on support available for students with mental health difficulties. http://www.umhan.com

 

Local counselling and support
Name What we do Contact
BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) http://www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk/
Cruse Support for people after bereavement. Free, confidential, local support and counselling by telephone, email or face to face.

www.cruse.org.uk

0808 808 1677

Relate Support and counselling for couple and family relationships, past, present or future, regardless of whether you are currently in a relationship or not. National website offers chat online with trained counsellor.

https://www.relate.org.uk/

0300 772 9681

Online counselling and support
Name What we do Contact
Turn2me A website that helps people get help, lets people know they are not alone, and facilitates a safe online community space that encourages people to open up and reach out for help. Offers free group sessions facilitated by a counsellor. https://turn2me.org/
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Name What we do Contact
BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies) The lead organisation for CBT in the UK. Information and advice about finding a private CBT therapist in your area. (Personal health insurance may cover counselling fees)

http://www.babcp.com/

0161 7054304

NHS IAPT Services Search A website that helps you locate Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Services in their local area. Find Psychological Therapies Near You
Abuse and violence
Name What we do Contact
Cybersmile Committed to tackling all forms of digital abuse and bullying online. Offers information, resources, community forum and access to trained support advisors. https://www.cybersmile.org/
Galop: The LGBT anti-violence charity Advice, support & advocacy for people who have experienced biphobia, homophobia, transphobia, sexual violence or domestic abuse. Also supports LGBT+ people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system.

http://www.galop.org.uk/

Helpline: 0800 999 5428

IKWRO Support, practical information and advice for Middle Eastern and Afghan women and girls at risk of Honour Based violence, Forced Marriage, Female Genital Mutilation.

http://ikwro.org.uk/

0207 9206460

Karma Nirvana Supporting victims and survivors of Forced Marriage and Honour Based Abuse. Dedicated helpline offering listening, practical support and guidance when you need it. http://www.karmanirvana.org.uk/
Survivors UK – Male Rape & Sexual Abuse Resources and confidential, online chat for men who have been sexually abused, sexually assaulted or raped. http://www.survivorsuk.org/
Rape and Sexual Abuse Line Confidential, anonymous and free listening service for people in Oxford who have been raped or sexually abused either recently or in the past. https://www.osarcc.org.uk/
Live Life Save – Suzy Lamplugh Trust Information and advice about personal safety. National Stalking Helpline offers advice and guidance to those concerned about stalking or harassment, either to themselves or another.

https://www.suzylamplugh.org/

0808 802 0300

Women’s Aid National charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children. Information, resources & 24-hour helpline. https://www.womensaid.org.uk/
Anxiety
Name What we do Contact
Anxiety UK Information and resources about all types of anxiety and phobias. Membership subscription offers access to reduced cost therapy for students. https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/
OCD UK An OCD charity that is completely service-user led, for children and adults with OCD, run by sufferers, for sufferers. Offering resources, support forums and information. http://ocduk.org/
SAM Smartphone App – Free on iPhone (App Store) and Android (Google Play)
An evidence-based app which helps you to understand and manage anxiety
https://sam-app.org.uk/
Samaritans 24-hour, free helpline offering emotional support for people who are struggling to cope, including those who have thoughts about suicide.

http://www.samaritans.org/

Telephone: 116 123

Youper Website and app offering tools, tips and support to help build confidence and reduce social anxiety. http://www.youper.co/
Bereavement
Name What we do Contact
Cruse Cruse support people after bereavement. Free, confidential, local support and counselling by telephone, email or face to face.

www.cruse.org.uk

0808 808 1677

Blue Cross Helpline & support for those grieving or faced with the loss of a pet.

https://www.bluecross.org.uk/

0800 096 6606

Depression
Name What we do Contact
Befrienders Worldwide Offers information about suicide and seeks to connect people to emotional support services worldwide. http://www.befrienders.org/
Samaritans 24-hour, free helpline offering emotional support for people who are struggling to cope, including those who have thoughts of suicide.

http://www.samaritans.org/

Telephone: 116 123

Student Depression Website run by students for students offering advice, information, guidance and resources to those affected by low mood, depression and suicidal thinking. http://www.studentsagainstdepression.org/
Drugs, alcohol and addiction
Name What we do Contact
EDP A range of support and advice for people experiencing problems related to their own or someone else’s drug or alcohol use.

https://www.edp.org.uk/

0800 2335444

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) AA runs groups to assist with the personal recovery and continued sobriety of people experiencing difficulties with alcohol. AA offer daily meetings in Exeter. Free helpline for support and advice.

http://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/

0800 9177 650

Association for Treatment of Sexual Addiction Offering hope, information, and treatment options for people affected by sex addiction and those who love them. http://atsac.co.uk/
Drinkaware An independent charity working to reduce alcohol misuse and harm. Tools & information to help people make better choices about drinking. Drinkaware promote the Drinkline helpline above, for confidential support.

https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/

0300 123 1110

Gamcare Experienced professionals, helping problem gamblers as well as their friends and families. Offers advice over the phone as well as free online or face-to-face local counselling.

http://www.gamcare.org.uk/

0808 8020 133

NACOA
National Association for Children of Alcoholics
Offers advice, information, and a free confidential helpline to anyone who is, or has been, affected by a parent’s drinking.

www.nacoa.org.uk

0800 358 3456

Talk to Frank Provides friendly, confidential information and advice about drugs. Offers support via phone, live chat or email

http://www.talktofrank.com/

0300 123 6600

Eating disorders
Name What we do Contact
BEAT (beating eating disorders) Comprehensive site offering information and advice for all those affected by eating disorders. Offers support via helpline, email and message boards.

www.b-eat.co.uk

0808 801 0811

Men Get Eating Disorders Too Dedicated to representing and supporting the needs of men with eating disorders. http://mengetedstoo.co.uk/
National Centre for Eating Disorders Information and advice about eating disorders, plus recommendations for treatment options.

www.eating-disorders.org.uk

0845 838 2040

Family difficulties
Name What we do Contact
My Horrid Parent Offering help, tips and advice to navigate the relationship with a difficult parent. http://www.myhorridparent.com/ 
Standalone Support, information and advice for adults who are estranged from their families. Also offers specific information and advice to students who are estranged from family and concerned about finance. http://standalone.org.uk/
Relate Support and counselling for couple and family relationships, past, present or future, regardless of whether you are currently in a relationship or not. Contact local service for fees. National website offers chat online with trained counsellor.

https://www.relate.org.uk/

0300 772 9681

Health
Name What we do Contact
British Pregnancy Advisory Centre Offering advice and support with making decisions if you discover a pregnancy that you are unsure about continuing with.

https://www.bpas.org/

03457 304030

Brook London Offering information and advice about sexual health. Signposting to services offering free, confidential advice. https://www.brook.org.uk/
Macmillan Helpline, information, advice and resources for anyone affected by cancer, including relatives and friends.

http://www.macmillan.org.uk/

0808 808 0000

National Sleep Foundation Encouraging healthy sleep. Offers tools and tips and information. http://www.sleepfoundation.org
NHS Direct

The NHS non-emergency freephone number. Provides symptom assessment and direction to appropriate services. Call 111 if:

  • you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency
  • you think you need to go to A&E or need another NHS urgent care service
  • you don’t know who to call or you don’t have a GP to call

you need health information or reassurance about what to do next

https://www.england.nhs.uk/urgent-emergency-care/nhs-111/

111

Sleep Station Online CBT based course of treatment for insomnia. Available privately or through NHS GP referral. https://sleepstation.org.uk/
Legal advice and support
Name What we are Contact
Citizens Advice Bureau Advice, resources and drop in centres for a wide range of issues including legal matters, housing, family issues, and immigration. https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/
Accused.Me Support organisation for anyone affected by false allegations of rape, assault or abuse. https://accused.me.uk/
Rights of Women Providing women with advice and information about the law and their legal rights. Resources and free, confidential helplines for a variety of areas of law. http://rightsofwomen.org.uk/
LGBTQ+
Name What we do Contact
Intercom Trust Intercom Trust is a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community resource covering the South West. Free helpline offering support. Also provides legal advice and information about local resources.

https://www.intercomtrust.org.uk/

0800 6123010

Switchboard – LGBT+ Helpline A one-stop listening service for LGBT+ people on the phone (check rates), by email and through Instant Messaging. Provides information, support and referral service for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people, as well as anyone considering issues around their sexuality and/or gender identity.

https://switchboard.lgbt/

0300 330 0630

Trans Masculine Support & Advice UK UK based support group for all those who identify as Trans Masculine, Non-Binary & Gender Variant AFAB people. https://www.consortium.lgbt/member-directory/tmsa-uk-trans-masculine-support-advice-uk/
Mental health
Name What we do Contact
Bipolar UK Practical advice, information and support for those affected by Bipolar, whether personally or through a family member/friend. Offers an Online Forum as well as phone or email support. https://www.bipolaruk.org/
Mental Health Foundation Aiming to help people understand, protect and sustain their mental health. Offers information and practical advice about all things relating to mental health. http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/
MIND Mental health information and support. Information and advice on a huge range of mental health topics. Also offers legal advice related to mental health. Various types of support available from local Mind branches. www.mind.org.uk
0300 123 3393
Rethink Offers a Mental Illness Advice & Information Service via resources and helpline. Practical information about living with mental illness. https://www.rethink.org/
SANE Resources, information and emotional support by phone, text or forum, for anyone affected by mental illness, including friends, family and carers.

http://www.sane.org.uk/home

0300 304 7000

Self-Harm
Name What we do Contact
National Self Harm Network Online peer support forum offering information, advice, discussion and distraction. www.nshn.co.uk
Self-injury Support Offers resources, information and support to women in emotional distress, particularly those who self-injure. Free helpline available on certain evenings.

https://www.selfinjurysupport.org.uk/

0808 800 8088

Self-help resources
Name What we do Contact
Centre for Clinical Interventions CBT series of information packs and online modules about a variety of difficulties & problems. http://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/resources/consumers.cfm
Mood Juice Self Help Information and advice for those experiencing troublesome thoughts, feelings and actions. Self-help worksheets, exercises, and leaflets. CBT based.

www.moodjuice.scot.nhs.uk

 

NHS Self Help Leaflets CBT based information booklets including CBT exercises http://www.ntw.nhs.uk/pic/selfhelp/
Suicide
Name What we do Contact
CALM – Campaign Against Living Miserably Dedicated to preventing male suicide in the UK. Offers support via helpline and webchat.

www.thecalmzone.net

0800 585858

CAM Crisis Messenger – Text Service The CAM Crisis Messenger text service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text CAM to 85258 to be put in touch with a trained Crisis Volunteer. https://www.camgrant.org.uk/ 
Papyrus Confidential support and advice for people under 35 who may be having thoughts about suicide, as well as for anyone concerned about a young person who may be having thoughts about suicide. https://www.papyrus-uk.org/
Samaritans 24-hour, free helpline offering emotional support for people who are struggling to cope, including those who have thoughts of suicide. Also offers a free, local (Exeter) drop in service 10.30am – 9.30pm seven days a week.

http://www.samaritans.org/

Telephone: 116 123

Stay Alive Smartphone App – Free on iPhone (App Store) and Android (Google Play)
An app for people experiencing suicidal/self-harming thoughts, or those concerned about someone else.
https://www.prevent-suicide.org.uk/find-help-now/stay-alive-app/
Supporting Someone Who Feels Suicidal Info and practical suggestions for how to support someone who is feeling suicidal, and where you can go for support. https://www.mind.org.uk/
Smart phone apps

 

Name How to Access What we do Contact
Calm iPhone (App Store) and Android (Google Play) Combining meditation techniques for sleep and relaxation https://www.calm.com/
CBT Thought Record Diary iPhone (App Store) and Android (Google Play) To help you capture, challenge and rebalance unhelpful or negative thoughts

https://play.google.com/

https://itunes.apple.com/

CBT-i Coach iPhone (App Store) and Android (Google Play) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for insomnia and sleep difficulties

https://play.google.com/

https://itunes.apple.com/

DistrACT iPhone (App Store) and Android (Google Play) Information, advice and support for people who self-harm http://www.expertselfcare.com/health-apps/distract/
Headspace iPhone (App Store) and Android (Google Play) A meditation app which offers 10 free sessions as a trial https://www.headspace.com/
Mindshift iPhone (App Store) and Android (Google Play) An app designed to help people copewith anxiety using a variety of strategies https://www.anxietybc.com/
Mood Tools iPhone (App Store) and Android (Google Play) Offers six evidence-based techniques to manage low mood and depression http://www.moodtools.org/
SAM iPhone (App Store) and Android (Google Play) An evidence-based app which helps you to understand and manage anxiety http://sam-app.org.uk/
Stay Alive iPhone (App Store) and Android (Google Play) An app for people experiencing suicidal/self-harming thoughts, or those concerned about someone else https://www.prevent-suicide.org.uk/
Stop Breathe Think iPhone (App Store) and Android (Google Play) An app encouraging people to check in with how they’re feeling and guide meditations for mindfulness and compassion. https://www.stopbreathethink.com/
Youper iPhone (App Store) and Android (Google Play) Helping you to become more confident and less anxious in social situations