Urgent help

Need help now?

If you are in crisis - experiencing overwhelming thoughts and/or feelings to either hurt yourself, hurt somebody else or you are planning or attempting suicide, get urgent help:

  • Visit A&E or call 999

Oxford Brookes support

Don’t keep it in…. talk about it! 

If you are feeling desperate or suicidal, the best thing you can do is talk. Speak to someone you trust or make contact with a service who will offer you support.

If you are worried that someone is suicidal, ask them. It could save their life!

We have a confidential helpline as part of our Employee Assistance Programme that offers expert advice and compassionate guidance by phone 24/7, 365 days a year.

External 24-hour support


Someone to listen 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

  • Call the free helpline on 116 123

If you are hearing or speech impaired, you can dial 18001 before the Helpline number to use the text relay service.


Free, confidential 24/7 text service for anyone in a mental health crisis.

Shout volunteers aim to respond to every texter in under 5 minutes.

Oxford Safe Haven

Safe space and support for those in a mental health crisis.

Phone support Mon-Fri 12.00-9.00pm, Sat-Sun 5.00pm-9.00pm.

In-person support daily 6.00pm-9.00pm, referrals open from 5.00pm. You must call before attending.

Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)

SARCs provide dedicated support to victims of rape or sexual assault, including providing a confidential space for interviews, examinations and collecting evidence. Some may also offer counselling services.

See our sexual assault and rape page for contact details.

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

Free and confidential helpline for anyone who needs to talk through life's problems.

Open 5.00pm - midnight.