Oxfordshire people have been receiving care and support from health and wellbeing services in different ways during the coronavirus outbreak.
Local organisations have been resilient and adapted their services and resources so people in the local community can still use them during lockdown.
The Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership
The Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership has been working hard throughout the last few months. The way some services operate has changed so partners can still be there to support people. Projects include:
- Oxfordshire Mental Health Helpline
A new 24/7 mental health helpline has also been setup offering mental health advice for children and adults. Call 0800 783 0121 (adults) or 0800 783 0119 (children and young people).
- Safe Haven
Safe havens in Oxford and Banbury are still operating and providing confidential support face to face or over the phone to anyone who is struggling to cope in the evenings and weekend. If you are in crisis please call before to book a space. Call 01295 270004 (Banbury) or 01865 903 037 (Oxford).
- The Oxfordshire Recovery College
The Oxfordshire Recovery College has moved their courses online so we can all still learn despite restrictions. With courses on a variety of relevant topics including Coping with Stress and Anxiety, Healthy Sleep and Coping with a New Normal, there is plenty to learn. There are up to 6 students and 2 tutors on the course, which still allows for group interaction despite being apart. They are still enrolling new students and have courses available up until the end of July.
Find out more: http://oxfordshirerecoverycollege.org.uk
- Walking for Wellbeing
Virtual walking groups have been created to engage inactive people with enduring mental health conditions. Find out more here: https://www.oxfordshiremind.org.uk/walking-for-wellbeing/
Click the following link to find out more about how the different OMHP services are now operating: http://omhp.org.uk/2020/04/20/coronavirus-update/
Age UK Oxfordshire
Keeping active is incredibly beneficial for our health and wellbeing, but it’s difficult to get up and moving when you are vulnerable during lockdown. Age UK Oxfordshire has put together some fantastic home workouts for older people, and they include a variety of strength and balance exercises, floorwork and Tai Chi. https://www.ageuk.org.uk/oxfordshire/
Oxfordshire All In
During times like these it’s important to be able to find local support, especially if you are a vulnerable person. Oxfordshire All In feature an interactive map on their website that allows you to find support in your local area. You can search for Community Support Groups and other services by entering your postcode. You can also click on a group’s pin on the map for further information. https://www.oxfordshireallin.org/local-support-groups