Useful web sites
- Autism / Asperger's syndrome
- Domestic violence
- Dyslexia and other specific learning differences
- Eating problems
- Forced Marriage
- Mental health: mania, manic-depression, schizophrenia
- Obsessional problems
- Panic attacks
- Religion and cults
- Self esteem
- Self harm
- Sleeping problems
- Study problems
- Suicidal feelings
- Sites covering multiple topics
- Psychotherapy and counselling organisations
- Other organisations relevant to mental health
- Counselling and psychotherapy practice
NOTE: For many of the individual topics below, you can find additional links through sites covering multiple topics.
The site of the Care Confidential, a nationwide organisation providing free help for issues to do with pregnancy, and pregnancy loss, including abortion. Males and females are welcome to contact. Care Confidential provide pre-abortion and post abortion services. The website contains a wealth of information and personal stories. Individual support is provided in person (the Oxford service website is www.careconfidential.com/Oxford), online, or through a telephone helpline. Care Confidential is a department of Care, a Christian charity.
The site of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood. Information about the Association, help in finding a local support group, e-mail support, advice on finding a therapist, legal advice and articles on abuse.
Survivors UK provide support, help, and information for men who have been raped or sexually abused. They have a nationwide helpline. They provide counselling, based in London, and have a list of counsellors nationwide who have particular understanding of sexual assault on men.
Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre. Free confidential support and advice by telephone or email. They also run a support group in Oxford.
Smart. Drug and alcohol services in Oxfordshire. Offers counselling and advice, in Oxford and other areas, if your drinking or drug taking is a problem. Offers support for relatives and carers. A drop in service is provided in parts of Oxfordshire, so you can self refer.
Part of the Oxford Brookes University web site. Information about alcohol units and the effects of consuming various amounts of alcohol. Some tips for coping with situations where alcohol is consumed.
The site for Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Information about the organisation, the ‘12 steps’ to recovery, and how to contact the AA.
The site for Al-Anon/Alateen. This organisation is to support and help people who are, or have been, affected by a family member's drinking habits. The site gives information about the organisation and how to find meetings and other help from them.
Information on the effects of alcohol, how to cut down on over-drinking, information about policies and reports relating to alcohol, and links to other sites.
Information on alcohol units, the dangers of heavy drinking, and some tips on reducing drinking.
Drink aware. A site aimed at students. Information on alcohol and its effects, sensible advice on drinking and help if alcohol is becoming a problem.
Anxiety UK is a supportive and informative organisation for many types of anxiety problems. Covers general anxiety, anxiety about social situations, health anxiety, many types of phobia, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Provides information about the anxiety problems, managing oneself, and on various sources of help. If you want to subscribe, you can get a magazine and access to a range of specialised help.
A comprehensive site covering general anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety about social situations, health anxiety, many types of phobia, and post-traumatic stress. Each problem has a self-help guide to work through. There are suggestions for further reading and a self-assessment questionnaire.
The National Autistic Society. Information on many aspects of autism, including Asperger's Syndrome – a type of autism which makes relating to others difficult but does not impede academic functioning. Includes a description of Asperger's syndrome, tips on how to structure one's living situation, sections getting a suitable job, and sources of help.
Site of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The ‘leaflet’ on bereavement describes the normal processes of bereavement. The sorts of problems that occur in unresolved grief are also described. Suggestions are given on how to seek professional help and how to help someone else who has been bereaved. A reading list and links with other relevant sites are provided. A further leaflet explains your emotions if you loose someone to sudden death or suicide.
Chinese Mental Health Association. The Association provides a range of services for Chinese people with mental health or emotional problems. They provide both face to face and Internet based counselling, befriending (where available), advice and more.
An extensive site. Information on the symptoms of depression, information on treatments, strategies for self-help, recommended books, news items, and more. The Depressive Alliance organises self-help groups and the site provides information about these.
A comprehensive web site aimed specifically at students. Includes information about depression, ways to help oneself, information on seeking other help and considers depression in context of society and student life.
The leaflet, ‘Depression’ produced by the Royal College of Psychiatry covers basic information on causes and symptoms of depression, some tips on alleviating depression, and web sites of support groups. Depression is approached from a medical orientation. Further leaflets cover depression in different circumstances such as ill health and the effects of alcohol.
The NHS Direct site. Covers symptoms, causes, treatments, information on medications, and support organisations.
Women's Aid. A comprehensive site with articles and information about domestic violence. Includes help on keeping safe and coping in the home, advice if deciding to leave, information on legal rights, and campaigns. Despite the title of the web site, the site also addresses male victims of domestic violence. Also includes advice on getting help if you are the one being violent.
Refuge. Information and advice concerning domestic violence. Provides help whether you choose to stay with a violent person or whether you choose to leave the home. They have a free telephone helpline.
A site run by Oxfordshire County Council. Advice and help for anyone affected by domestic violence. Provides telephone numbers for local and national sources of help. Explains what provision can be made for those who choose to leave home, including in an emergency.
The site of the British Dyslexia Association (BDA). Contains information about the BDA itself and local dyslexia associations, tips on reading / writing / computer use, advice on finding jobs etc, news items, and articles about assessment for dyslexia.
Skill: National Bureau for Students with Disabilities. The web site is aimed at young people with disabilities, age 16+. It includes news, case examples of people with disabilities in higher and further education, and information about the the Disability Discrimination Act. The "information booklets" section provides invaluable information on issues such as financial assistance, applying for work, exam arrangements and making complaints.
BRAINHE.com is a non-commercial / non-profit making resource website for students and staff in higher education. It is developed to help those with AD(H)D, Asperger's, autism, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, dyslexia and dyspraxia. Visit the site for information about these various types of neurodiversity, and get tips to help you.
‘Talk to Frank.’ Contains facts on many different drugs, tells you how to get help, has a section for those worried about someone else, and has reports and stories. You can e-mail for help or use the telephone number supplied.
The site for Narcotics Anonymous (NA). This organisation works similarly to Alcoholics Anonymous, encouraging you to join a local NA group to help you stop taking drugs. The site gives information about the organisation and details of local groups. There is a questionnaire to see if you are addicted.
Extensive site. Includes detailed information on many drugs, including effects and risks. News and research items. Information about the law. Information on treatments for withdrawing from drugs. Extensive links to other web sites.
Student Run Self Help group for those with Eating Disorders (SRSH). Group sessions for students with eating disorders to talk about their feelings with other students who suffer from, or are in recovery from, eating disorders. Groups run by SRSH are held both at Oxford Brookes University and Oxford University. Email if you have any questions, to find out when the groups meet, or for more information.
Overeaters Anonymous. A nationwide organisation welcoming anyone who has problems with compulsive eating or over-eating. Runs local groups to provide support and help. No fees are charged. It is not affiliated with any public or private organization, political movement, ideology or religious doctrine. There is a an Oxford group which runs on Wednesdays at 7.30pm at West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road.
Site of the Beat Eating Disorders. Information is provided on symptoms and causes of anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. Provides ideas for recovery and on supporting someone with an eating disorder. Has message boards and a forum.
An extensive site taking an understanding stance on eating problems. The site lists symptoms of various eating disorders, many suggestions and strategies for coping and for improving eating habits, information about physical dangers associated with problem eating, poetry and writings, sources for help, and more.
National Eating Disorders Association. Site with lots of information – descriptions and statistics about eating problems, and tips on how to help yourself or someone else.
Royal College of Psychiatrists on-line leaflet. Gives an introduction to symptoms, causes, self-help, lists some resources, and explains professional help. Covers anorexia and bulimia.
Site of Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorders Association. Information about the Association and the therapy it offers. Information on symptoms and causes of eating problems. Information on research. Extensive links to relevant web sites to provide information and self-help on eating problems of all types. Also runs a message board, and ‘creative pages.’
Karma Nivana. A registered Charity that supports victims and survivors of forced marriage and honour based abuse. Provides information and a telephone helpline. You can read some survivor stories. There are links to useful resources.
Forced Marriage.net. Advice, information and emergency contact details for anyone worried about a forced marriage. Advice is given for various situations.
The site of Rethink, an organisation for those with severe mental illness. Information about the organisation, living with severe mental health problems and interacting with the relevant services
The web site of the Manic-Depression Fellowship. This is an organisation that you can join if you have manic-depression, or have another interest, such as knowing someone with manic-depression. The web site gives information about manic-depression and associated problems, details about services offered by the fellowship and how to access these services, explanations about self help groups and how to join one, and links to other relevant sites. It has an interactive section with bulletin boards and chat rooms.
This ‘leaflet’ from the Royal College of Psychiatrists provides information on mania and manic depression, It includes symptoms, drug treatments, helping oneself manage the mood swings, helping others who are depressed or manic, information on support groups, and a reading list.
Site of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Information on schizophrenia: symptoms, causality, how it is treated. Provides a reading list and links to relevant organisation
Patient UK. A very comprehensive health site, covering both physical and mental health. It includes information on symptoms, self help, medicines, books, news and more. look out for the ‘information leaflets.’ Mental health issues covered in detail are panic attacks, shyness and social anxiety, depression, manic depression, schizophrenia, stress, eating disorders and others.
Site of OCD-UK. Information about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, self-help tips, information about treatments and support groups, research projects and more. There is special section for students.
Set up as a self-help site. Explains obsessional compulsive disorder and other related problems. For each problem there is an extensive self-help section.
This site describes obsessive-compulsive disorder. It gives information on local support groups, has a questionnaire to see if you suffer from obsessional compulsive disorder, has stories from other people, information on treatments, suggested reading and web links, news stories and more.
Set up as a self-help site. Explains panic attacks and other related problems. For each problem there is an extensive self help section.
Patient UK. A very comprehensive health site, covering both physical and mental health. It includes information on symptoms, self help, medicines, books, news and more. look out for the ‘information leaflets.‘ Mental health issues covered in detail are panic attacks, shyness and social anxiety, depression, manic depression, schizophrenia, stress, eating disorders and others.
Rape Crisis federation. A sensitively written site covering rape and sexual abuse. It is useful both to victims and to their friends and families. It gives advice on responding to someone who has been raped or abused, covers facts and myths, reporting to the police and court procedures and information about the organisation. It provides details of local help lines and counselling support, including Oxford . It also gives advice in case you are worried about anyone knowing you have visited the site.
Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre. Free confidential support and advice by telephone or email. They also run a support group in Oxford.
Information on various ‘cults’ and discursive articles on whether cults are dangerous. This site is part of a more extensive one on religious tolerance, and it takes a liberal attitude to non-mainstream religions, while also examining dangerous ‘;cults.’ American site.
An extensive site giving a lot of information on many religions. It includes articles on religious topics. The site itself is set up to promote religious tolerance.
Site constructed by Cambridge University Counselling Service. Provides basic tips on enhancing and maintaining self-esteem. Includes a reading list for more in depth self help.
Leaflet on where self-esteem comes from, why confidence can be low, and ideas on building self-esteem.
The National Self Harm Network – a campaigning organisation. Includes myths and their correction. List of resources such as organisations and web-sites.
Harmless. Provides support through email, post and online forums. The website includes information about self harm and suggested coping strategies.
Recover Your Life site. Supportive site for self harm: contains a forum and live support chat room, information and tips for coping, and a creative section with art, poetry and writings.
Life Signs. A supportive site which can help you reduce self harm. Has many helpful tips on resisting the urge to self harm, advice on coping with scars, a message board forum, and links to other sources of help.
Helpguide. Describes why self harm occurs, gives tips on self help and supporting others who self harm.
Bristol Crisis Service for Women. This is national organisation supporting young women in distress, specialising in helping those who self harm. the website provides information about self injury and ideas for coping. The organisation provides a telephone helpline, text and email support, and produces some booklets which you can buy on line.
Oxford Friend. Provides help line, face-to-face counselling, e-mail support and other help for lesbians, gay men and bisexuals. Advice on coming-out issues. Information on safe sex. Information on venues and groups.
Stonewall. A campaigning organisation for lesbians, gay men and bisexuals. News articles, information on the law, information on relevant social issues. Articles on current campaigns.
Pink Therapy. You can find a private therapist experienced with lesbian / gay / bisexual / transgender issues from this site. It also recommends a few books.
The ‘sleep well’ site of Stanford University, specialising in research into sleep. A very comprehensive site – everything you wanted to know about sleep and more that had never occurred to you! It includes information on different types and causes of insomnia, and information on sleeping too much (hypersomnia). There is a section on tips on ‘how to sleep well.’
Royal College of Psychiatrists leaflets giving tips on sleeping better and avoiding being over-tired.
Information on sleep and on several types of sleep problems, including insomnia and sleeping too much. Lots of tips and information.
Information on sleeping problems including insomnia and night terrors. Well established advice on treating the problems. Also includes a ‘sleep test’ to help you identify the type of sleep problem you have. Links to other sites.
Some tips for dealing with insomnia, depending on its cause. Also contains ‘curious cures’ – folklore remedies for curing sleep problems, and recent news items about sleep.
Lots of tips on coping with insomnia, including ideas to address insomnia caused by anxiety and worrying. Site includes several types of simple relaxation exercises.
Well established techniques for improving sleep. Site also includes details of relaxation techniques.
Part of the Oxford Brookes University web site. Information on what causes stress, and techniques to combat it, including a simple breathing exercise.
The site includes anger and conflict management, relaxation exercises off various types, advice on sleep, and several brief tips on dealing with stress, including ‘gear-up’ techniques.
This Medline web site provides links to other sites on stress. The sites include facts about stress, suggestions about coping and/or seeking help, information about treatment options, research articles and more. The quality and type of links are variable. Medline also covers other topics, including post-traumatic stress.
www.brookes.ac.uk/services/upgrade Upgrade. The Brookes Service which helps with problems in studying, writing, exams, referencing, and maths. Site includes information on how to contact Upgrade services, and on-line study advice.
The Dissertation Doctor. Articles and tips on all sorts of problems with undertaking and writing a dissertation
Papyrus. An organisation dedicated to providing help and support for anyone dealing with suicidal feelings, suicide or depression. It specialises in suicidal feelings in teenagers and young adults. It provides supportive guidance for those feeling suicidal and for friends and families affected by suicide. The website provides self-help guidance, lists self-help resources, and links to other sources of help
This site is designed for students in higher and further education. You can ask for information on local sources of help (signposting service), join a ‘survivor's board’ for on-line communicating with other students experiencing emotional problems, look at creative contributions such as poetry. Contains links to other useful sites.
Online leaflets from Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust. Leaflets on abuse, alcohol, anger, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self harm, shyness, stress and more.
An on-line book on various psychological problems. Includes depression, anxiety, phobias, stress, managing anger, relationships and motivation. Examines causes and takes you through self-help strategies.
Site of the Mental Health Foundation. Information on various mental health problems: causes, symptoms, treatments and self-help. Covers depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, manic-depression, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorders, sleep problems, eating problems, substance abuse, self harm and many other problems. Information on obtaining help.
A site aimed mainly at teenagers and young adults. The site looks at dealing with daily stresses and provides tips on how to cope. It also contains information on mental health problems. The focus is on understanding mental health, and information is given on symptoms, relevant research, and various types of treatment. Covers depression, mania and manic depression, and schizophrenia. The site gives web-links to relevant organisations.
Site maintained by Heads of University Counselling Services (HUCS) (a United Kingdom organisation). It is designed for students at university. It addresses (i) particular problems and issues and (ii) information about counselling. Problems are addressed through links to on-line pamphlets of various universities and to more general web-sites. Topics include alcohol, concentration, exam anxiety, fatigue, loneliness, procrastination, rape, self injury and many more. There is a lot of information very relevant to students through these pamphlets.
Site of Mind: the mental health charity. As well as information on the organisation, there are downloadable fact sheets and booklets. These include: student life, panic, worrying, sexual identity, mental health problems, pre-menstrual tension, counselling and medical treatments. and many others.
Patient UK . A very comprehensive health site, covering both physical and mental health. It includes information on symptoms, self help, medicines, books, news and more. look out for the "information leaflets." Mental health issues covered in detail are panic attacks, shyness and social anxiety, depression, manic depression, schizophrenia, stress, eating disorders and others.
Royal College of Psychiatrists: Mental Health for all. Information and podcasts on a vast range of mental health topics. Includes alcohol, anxiety, bereavement, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, stress, seasonal affective disorder and much more.
Site of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Information about the association and its sub-divisions, its policies and codes, and its publications. You can find a therapist from members of BACP. The site includes the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors, which only includes counsellors who have had sufficient training and met the other requirements of the Register.
Site of HUCS (Heads of University Counselling Services).
Links given to several other sites: the counselling services sites of many universities, educational organisations, and a link to a web site organised for students. It contains some relevant papers and documents on counselling and students.
Site of the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy).
Information about the Council and its member organisations, training in psychotherapy, and the Council's Code of Ethics. You can search for a UKCP therapist or check whether a therapist is on their Register.
Site of the BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council).
Information about the Council and a description of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. You can find a BPC registered therapist through the site.
Site of British Psychoanalytical Society and the Institute of Psychoanalysis.
Information about the organisation, and details of training and forthcoming conferences / events. It includes reviews of books and articles. There is an on-line Register of psychoanalysts.
Site of Mind: the mental health charity.
Information on the organisation, its campaigning for mental health rights, and the publications you can order from them. Many on-line fact sheets and booklets on mental health topics from coping with everyday problems to severe mental health problems, information on treatments, and much more.
Site of Sane, a charity concerned with improving the lives of those affected by mental illness.
Information about Sane, and about mental health issues and treatments. Includes information on depression, mania, anxiety, phobia, schizophrenia, obsessional problems and drug/alcohol abuse.
Site of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
An extensive site, with information about the College, its publications, research and conferences. Includes ‘leaflets’ on various mental health problems.
Site of the Society for Psychotherapy Research.
The site contains information about the Society and its journal.
A large medically orientated site covering many ‘disorders.’ Information on symptoms and recommended treatment methods for particular disorders. There are links to other sites for many of the disorders.
Site for CORE, Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation. CORE is a method of assessing and evaluating counselling and psychotherapy. The Counselling Service at Brookes University uses CORE.
‘The Counseling Center Village’, – the site links to pages created by counselling centres of various universities and colleges around the world (with a heavy emphasis on the United States). It includes a ‘virtual pamphlet collection’ giving information and advice on various problems faced by students. The ‘at the office section’ includes policies (e.g. on referral), assessment protocols, and policies as used by various educational institutions. and satisfaction surveys. There are various other sections, including on running workshops, exchanging ideas and research, and web design.
Site of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). Provides research based guidance on best practice in treatments of physical and psychological problems.
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