The first point of contact for students in need of pastoral help or advice is their College Adviser, while the Pastoral Adviser can provide additional support. GCR Welfare Reps, Peer Supporters and the Junior Dean are also available if you feel happier speaking to another student.
University Counselling Service
The University has a professionally-staffed, confidential Student Counselling Service for assistance with personal, emotional, social, and academic problems. The Service is available free to all matriculated undergraduate and graduate members of the University.
You may find that it is helpful to talk things through first with a friend, family member, tutor, supervisor, Adviser, or College Doctor – often problems can be resolved by talking to someone like this. If you don't feel that these people could help you, you can go to the Student Counselling Service for confidential help and advice, away from the familiar daily environment.
The staff consists of professionally trained and widely experienced female and male counsellors, psychotherapists, clinical psychologists and a psychiatrist, all of whom are accustomed to helping people from many different backgrounds and cultures, and with a wide range of issues. The team has expertise in fields including psychodynamic counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and group work.
Opening hours and details on how to request an appointment can be found on the Counselling Service webpages.
Nightline is a helpline run by students and for students. It operates at night from 8pm to 8am during term time. You can phone them on (2)70270 or visit them at 16 Wellington Square. They can phone you back if you prefer.
The service they provide is confidential, impartial and non-judgmental, and there is no religious, political or social bias. You can ask to talk to a male or female volunteer, whichever makes you feel more comfortable, and you can talk for as long as you want.
This is a confidential, non-judgmental and non-religious listening service for the despairing or suicidal.
Tel: 08457 909 090
60 Magdalen Road
Oxford OX4 1RB
Tel: 01865 722 122
Oxford Friend (LGBT)
This is a free and confidential information, support and counselling service for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transsexuals and others.
Tel: 01865 726 893