Looking for support? Try typing what you're feeling (like ‘stressed’ or ‘sad’), a mental health challenge you have or think you may have (like ‘anxiety’), or where you live or go to school/university (like ‘Banbury’) into our search bar on the home page.
Want to know who we are and what we do? Read on.
The Oxford Mental Health Network (OMHN) is a charity founded in October 2016 at the University of Oxford. We are dedicated to connecting young people in Oxfordshire to the mental health resources that they deserve. Whether you want to find a local support group, a therapist to talk to, or what you can access through your school or university, you can ask us for help—we are Oxfordshire's 'mental health search engine'.
Our team is made up of a mixture of current and recent graduates from the university. Each of us have a reason that we care about the mental health of young people; whether it’s our own experience of mental health challenges or seeing those close to us try to manage things like depression, anxiety or suicidality. What brings us together is the belief that whilst there are loads of amazing resources out there to help us, it can sometimes be difficult to know where to look or who to ask. Such a simple problem should never be such a big barrier to young people getting the support they deserve. So we thought we’d do our bit to make that journey a little bit easier: from searching for what you need, to finding it, to accessing it.
After launching our first search engine in 2017, we won the University of Oxford’s IT Innovation Challenge grant the following year with our proposals for this site. So, after more than two years of wireframe sketches, collating information and sourcing advice from mental health professionals, here it is. We hope it gets you closer to the support you deserve.
How do we choose what's on the site?
We pride ourselves on being a reliable, independent source of information. In order align with OMHN’s mission to connect young people aged 13-25 to appropriate resources relating to their mental health and wellbeing, resources must either:
- Be accessible to young people in Oxfordshire
- Provide a service specifically for young people between the ages of 13 and 25, whether national or regional
- Provide a service, not just information
- Provide a service that is widely regarded as a legitimate form of mental health support
- Not discriminate against individuals due to their racial, sexual, gender or religious identity
To ensure that the information we offer is accurate, helpful and up to date, we work in partnership with as many of the resources listed on our site as possible. All of the organisations (except schools, colleges and universities) on OMHN's website are given the chance to update and edit their own information, post events or post on our newsfeed, pending approval by our dedicated team of information-quality controllers. Although we undertake extensive research when choosing whether to list a resource or not, we cannot be held responsible for the quality of the services that they provide.
We are funded solely through private donations and grants. If you would like to donate and help us to continue our work, just click here.
Although our team is student-led, we welcome anyone who is enthusiastic about improving access to mental health resources. If you are interested in joining the group of faces below or just what to find out more about us, get in touch.
OMHN's visual identity was designed by Sammy Taylor. You can check out his work here.
Our team is a mixture of student and graduate volunteers from the University of Oxford, but we welcome anyone with a passion for mental health campaigning. If you are interested in joining the team in any capacity, we would love to hear from you.