The NHS offers a wide range of services related to mental health and wellbeing. Some of these will be listed in our directory. On this page you will find information about:
- Getting help with mental health problems and visiting your GP
- Help for anxiety and depression
- Secondary mental health services (including Community Mental Health Teams)
Getting help with mental health problems
If you are experiencing mental health problems, your first port of call should be your GP. Your GP is your family doctor, the doctor you would normally go to see if you are ill or concerned about your health.
Registering with a GP can be very important and helpful because they are able to refer people on to a range of more specialist (‘secondary’) services within the NHS.
If you are not registered with a GP, visit the NHS Direct website to find details of GPs in your area. Registration should not take long – you will normally need to fill in a form and take in a document that confirms your address.
If you are homeless, you still have a right to register with a doctor – you can use a ‘care of’ address, such as a friend or a day centre. You may be offered only a temporary three-month registration however. In Oxford city there is also a drop-in surgery for homeless people:
Luther Street Medical Centre
Tel 01865 726008
Help for anxiety and depression
If you are experiencing mild to moderate levels of anxiety or depression, you may be able to get help and treatment from TalkingSpace, the IAPT service for Oxfordshire. You can refer yourself or be referred by your GP.
For more information or to refer yourself, visit the website or contact TalkingSpace:
Tel – 01865 325777
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Specialist (‘secondary’) mental health services
The main body responsible for providing mental health services in the county is Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. If you are looking for a specific service which is not listed here, you can search their website for details of how to access it or call the Oxford Health switchboard on 01865 741717.
Community Mental Health Teams (CMHT)
Most people who experience mental health problems can be treated by their GP, through medication or accessing talking therapies. However, if your health problem is more complicated, your GP may decide to refer you to a community mental health team. These are teams made up of people with different professional knowledge and skills, to help you cope with the different aspects of your life e.g. psychiatrists, social workers, community psychiatric nurses (CPN), occupational therapists etc.
When you are referred to a CMHT you will be assigned a ‘care coordinator’, who will be your main point of contact. This can be anyone within the CMHT, but is usually a CPN (nurse) or social worker.
Your care coordinator should ensure that you know how to get hold of them and other members of the team, however if you are unsure, the number for each team is listed below.
Banbury Elms Centre – 01295 819022
Bicester Julier Centre – 01869 602400
South West Locality
Nuffield Health Centre, Witney – 01993 209650
Abingdon Community Hospital – 01235 205446
South East Locality
Thame Charter House – 01844 217446
Didcot May Tree House – 01235 799800
Wallingford and Henley (Wallingford Day Hospital) – 01491 208637
Oxford City Locality
West Oxford – 01865 738740
East Oxford – 01865 738600
If you don’t know which team is yours, call the Oxford Health switchboard on 01865 741717.