New student resources launched by Oxfordshire Mind at Oxford Brookes on University Mental Health Day

Oxford Brookes University
Oxford Brookes University

New resources developed by Oxfordshire Mind in partnership with Oxford Brookes University are set to be launched on University Mental Health Day (Thursday 14 March).

A new student-focused website will officially be launched at a drop-in event on the University’s Headington Campus, alongside a pilot peer support programme aimed at helping students with their mental health. 

Oxfordshire Mind and the Oxford Brookes Student Support Services team will share the resources with students who will have the chance to discuss, confidentially, any mental health concerns. There will also be a ‘positivitree’ - a tree on which people can leave notes with positive words or thoughts to share with others. 

Jess Willsher from Oxfordshire Mind said: “I'm thrilled to announce our partnership with Oxford Brookes University to bolster mental health support for students. Together, we'll provide vital resources and create a supportive environment for student well-being. 

“This collaboration underscores our joint commitment to reducing stigma and fostering resilience in the university community. We look forward to the event on University Mental Health Day and seeing how this partnership will support the student community.” 

Tamsin Kershaw-Murphy, Deputy Director of Student Services at Oxford Brookes University said: “At Oxford Brookes we aim to create an inclusive environment where students feel supported and understood. We are dedicated to improving the mental health of both our students and staff by working towards the Student Minds’ Mental Health Charter. 

“Our team of trained professionals is proud to offer support and advice to students to help them to realise their full potential at Oxford Brookes University. We are excited to start this ongoing partnership with Oxfordshire Mind which will add to the suite of resources we have available to help our students thrive.”

Oxfordshire Mind’s resources for young people include signposting students to appropriate mental health services, and Safe Haven, a safe and welcoming space open 365 days a year for those who are struggling and feeling overwhelmed. The charity’s new peer support programme for students will run alongside 30 other peer support groups for young people across Oxfordshire including art groups, quiz groups, music groups, LGBTQI+ support or simply places for a cup of tea and a cake. 

Other activities taking place at Oxford Brookes on University Mental Health Day will include a selection of short films on the theme of anxiety as well as self-care activities from making pocket pillows to mindful drawing. Throughout the day there will also be free sessions on anxiety and ways to meditate. 

For those needing additional support and advice, the University’s Student Support Services are available to all Oxford Brookes students, providing a range of services including inclusive support for long term conditions, mental health and welfare support, counselling and financial aid.