If you are over 16 and need support, we have several programmes that can help.

Mental Wealth Academy

Mental Wealth Academy and Sofea logo

Thank you for your interest in the Mental Wealth Academy. This service is currently funded up until the end of March 2023. As we are keen to make sure we can meet requests for support within the service and due to uncertainty around funding beyond this time, we have decided to currently close referrals into the service.

While the service is closed, we would signpost to the below service for support:

  • Dial 111 if you need medical help quickly, but it’s not an immediate risk or if it is out-of-hours for your General Practitioner (GP) surgery.
  • Contact your GP if you are experiencing mental health problems and are not known to local mental health services

Oxfordshire Mind:

  • Optional Session/Initial Assessment with Wellbeing Worker, 16 years plus YP can then access OxM service PSGs, Short Courses and other services, plus signposting. Ring OxM Information Service or email info@oxfordshiremind.org.uk to book an option session.
  • Primary Care Wellbeing Workers offer an Initial Assessment and up to 6 1:1 support for 16 years plus, PC workers in GP practices across the county, YP can self-refer or be referred by GP. More details on OxM websiteoxfordshiremind.org.uk. Safe Havens is now open from 12 pm 7 days a week, all year round. In-person and over-the-phone crisis support for 18 years plus 01865 903 037
  • Text YoungMinds Crisis Messenger if you are under 25 and experiencing a mental health crisis and need support. This free text service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. You can text YM to 85258
  • Webchat with The Mix, who offer free 1:1 support to anyone under 25 to talk about anything that’s troubling them. Or phone 0808 808 4994. Opening times: 4 pm – 11 pm, seven days a week.
  • Text Shout – Who provides free, confidential mental health text support 24/7. Text 85258.
  • Call Papyrus if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, with trained professionals giving support, advice and information to young people. 0800 068 4141 (Mon to Fri, 9 am – 10 pm) (Weekends and bank holidays, 2 pm to 10 pm).
  • Call Oxford or Banbury Safe Haven if you are 18 years or older and experience a mental health crisis at the weekend. They offer crisis support over the weekend (Friday-Monday, 6 pm-10 pm) and can be reached at Oxford: 01865 903 037. Banbury: 01295 270004.
  • Call Samaritans for support on the phone, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call free on 116 123.
Niki Smith Wellbeing
Niki Smith – Transition Wellbeing Practitioner Therapeutic Team Lead – Didcot

SOFEA’s Transition Wellbeing Practitioner Niki Smith delivers 1:1 support to young people using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques and Solution Focused Approaches; tailoring each session specifically to the differentiated needs of each young person. The aim of these sessions are to support and encourage young people to overcome barriers created by mental health issues.

Social Prescribing

Social prescribing, also sometimes known as community referral, is a growing movement connecting people with a wide range of non-clinical programmes, services and support in their local community. This service is offered by SOFEA’s Link Workers Selina and Theresa who work with the Didcot PCN.

Social Prescribing offers huge advantages to both patients and health professionals by freeing up more time for them to spend with other patients whose problems are more specifically medical, whilst the Social Prescriber Link Worker takes the time to get to know and understand the needs of their patient with a view to offering the support they need.

Social prescribing improves outcomes for people by giving more choice and control over their lives and an improved sense of belonging.

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