Support & Recovery

Recovery & Wellbeing

Effective recovery is a holistic approach that includes support, in-patient care, appropriate housing, community services, better physical health, social opportunities and much more. The Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership provides a complete recovery package to support someone on their journey. The Partnership means better outcomes for recovery. Working towards:


  • A better range of services to prevent hospital admission
  • Improved discharge planning
  • Single point of access
  • Paid peer support opportunities
  • Enhancing communication with GPs
  • Developing the partnership and beyond


Five Ways To Wellbeing

Wellbeing is about feeling good and functioning well. It includes feeling positive, having a sense of purpose and belonging and being able to cope with problems and change.

Just as there are steps you can take to look after your physical health, there are practical ways to improve your wellbeing. These are the Five Ways to Wellbeing. Local organisations like Oxfordshire Mind offer practical ways to help you build the five ways into your life. Try some of the activities and make a positive difference to how you feel.


1. Connect

With people around you with friends, family, colleagues, neighbours. Strengthening these connections will support and enrich you every day.


2. Be Active

Find an activity you enjoy. Go for a walk. Garden. Dance. Just step outside. Exercising at a level that suits you will make you feel good.


3. Take Notice

Be curious, savour the moment whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters.


4. Keep Learning

Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Set a new challenge you will enjoy achieving. Sign up for a course, fix a bike, cook a new dish.


5. Give

Do something nice for a friend or stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Seeing yourself linked to the communicating can be rewarding.


We offer a range of services:

Complex needs

Complex Needs Service are specialist services for people who have long-term emotional difficulties, trouble coping, or mental health difficulties sometimes described as a ‘personality disorder’ or ‘complex needs’.

Such difficulties may be due to early experiences and they can be treated.

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Talking Space Plus

Talking Space Plus works actively with people struggling with depression and anxiety,
helping them move forward and recover using psychological therapies that work.

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Phone: 01865 901222


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Oxfordshire Mind

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Adult Mental Health Teams

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Early Intervention

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Luther Street

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Adult Inpatient

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GP Surgeries

To search for a GP in your area or to find the contact details of your practice please see the doctors section on

Recovery College

"The Oxfordshire Recovery College is a place of learning, support, and discovery."

Students come to us from all walks of life, and find in the college a community of support and shared experiences, from which to draw strength and develop new ideas.

We provide courses that aim to help you to take steps towards recovery, or to support someone you know in their own recovery journey.

Our students range from people experiencing poor mental health; friends, family and carers; and professionals supporting people with their mental health, and they all learn together, side by side.

We think it’s important to combine the most up to date knowledge and research with the voice of someone who has lived that story, so all of our courses are designed and delivered by both an Expert by Experience (someone with lived experience) and an Expert by Training (someone with a professional background in that area). We cover a wide range of topics, all relating to recovery, and we try to ensure that there are practical tools that you can take away and use in your day-to-day life.

Whilst our office is based in Oxford, we run pop-up courses at a number of locations across Oxfordshire, so do check to see which of our ‘Spoke’ locations are nearest to you.

Whether you’re walking your own recovery journey, are walking alongside someone who is, or would simply like to learn a bit more about mental health and wellbeing, there’s a place for you at the Oxfordshire Recovery College. If you’d like to become a student, please complete an enrolment form on our website, or give us a call if you’d prefer a hard copy.

If you feel you have skills or experience that the college would benefit from, we’re always on the look-out for volunteer tutors – get in touch for an informal chat about what tutoring at the college involves. - homepage - courses & calendar - The enrolment form

Meaningful Activity

There are huge benefits to staying involved and keeping active. Research shows that activities of any kind can improve someone’s mental health recovery and level of wellbeing. Recovery from mental illness has been defined as the ‘personal experience of the individual as he or she moves out of illness into health and wholeness’ (White, W et al 2004).  It is a dynamic process characterised by movement toward conditions of hope, purpose, and wellness. OMHP has moved away from an illness and problem focussed model towards a person centred, community orientated system of partnerships which promote wellness, mutual support and access to meaningful roles, relationships and activities.

The term meaningful activity can be pursuits that allow a person to grow in connection, confidence and contribution through development of skills, education, vocation, or relationships. As a Partnership, we are committed to supporting service users to engage in meaningful activity and we are increasing the amount opportunities for people to take part on activities. This includes helping people gain employment, access education or training programmes and volunteer.

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Your Physical Health

The Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership (OMHP) is committed to working with the ‘whole person’ and treating physical and mental health needs together. Over the last two years OMHP has developed a physical health initiative, ‘It’s Everyone’s Business’. . Through increased awareness we link people into a variety of health promoting initiates including smoking cessation groups, peer supported exercise, information courses, healthy eating and a whole range of activities.

Download our OMHP Physical Health Report

Sport & Physical Activity

Keeping active is one of the five ways to wellbeing, and research shows that physical activity can help improve your mental wellbeing, as well as your physical health and fitness. You don’t have to go to the gym to get fit, there are plenty of ways you can get active at home. Try doing something you enjoy, such as walking, running, dancing, gardening or cycling!


“The benefits resulting from physiological changes during exercise are well documented, including improvement in mood and control of anxiety and depression. Research also suggests that socio–cultural and psychological changes arising from engagement in sport and physical activity carry valuable mental health benefits.”

(Sport and Physical Activity for Mental Health, by David Carless,‎ Kitrina Douglas. WILEY BLACKWELL 2010.)


Physical Activity and Wellbeing at Oxfordshire Mind offers supported sport and physical activity sessions to people experiencing mental ill health in Oxfordshire. With a wide range of fantastic sessions available designed to fit around your life, you're bound to find something you'll enjoy!



To find out more about the Physical Activity and Wellbeing at Oxfordshire Mind programme, please call 01865 263742, or visit the Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity website.


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Family, Friends & Carers

“Family, Friends and Carers are unsung heroes who tirelessly go about providing valuable care and support for our patients and service users, and we want to make sure we are doing all we can for them."


We believe family, friends and carers play an invaluable role in helping people recover from severe mental illness and they should be acknowledged, listened to, included, valued and supported. We know that supporting a loved one can feel lonely and create some degree of worry and anxiety. We are here to support you too and we know this will provide better results for those people who use our services. One of the Partnership’s objectives over the forthcoming year is to continue to improve our work with family, friends and carers. This work not only spans the Partnership but all of Oxford Health’s services and links to the new 3-year strategy ‘I Care, You Care’. By continuing to using the Triangle of Care to inform and develop our work, we know we can achieve better outcomes.”

For more information please download the following information:


(OMHP) Family Friends & Carers Report

(Oxford Health NHS) Family, Friends & Carers Strategy


Support for Carers from Rethink

“Oxford Carers Support service believe that carers have an invaluable role in helping people recover from mental illness and that they should be acknowledged, valued and supported."


We place people who use our services at the centre of everything we do. We provide high quality services and welcome feedback from people using our service to constantly develop and improve the service on offer. We are a highly experienced team of Senior Mental Health Recovery Workers working across Oxfordshire specialising in supporting carers of people with a mental illness. The Service shall support Carers to sustain their caring role and thereby reducing/delaying the need for higher level interventions. We work closely with OMHP, signposting and referring to services and providing a Carers course within the Oxfordshire Recovery College. We have a member of staff who is seconded to the Early Intervention service one day a week as a family worker.



Oxfordshire Mind Housing

Oxfordshire Mind Housing has been engaged in developing housing and support services for over forty years.  We currently have 20 projects, providing 85 units of Transitional Housing, which are short-term services offering medium level accommodation based support in the city and throughout Oxfordshire.

Accommodation is provided in various settings i.e. large and small shared houses and self contained flats. The support will promote recovery with the aim of helping people to move on within 2 years to independent housing.

The service is part of a pathway of supported accommodation options for people with mental health and housing needs in Oxfordshire.

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Response Housing

Today we provide housing for 364 people who live with mental health illness. We actively manage over 70 properties of our own and work with an extensive network of housing associations and private landlords.

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‘‘Any services or external support I need is signposted to me and accessed by my key worker in a prompt and effective manner.’’

‘‘The partnership is fantastic! In all the years I have worked in mental health this is the first time organisations have really come together to improve services for people.’’