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About Oxford Mental Health Forum

Oxford Mental Health Forum (OxfordMHF) is a web resource aimed primarily at people living in Oxfordshire affected by mental illness and those who have an interest in mental health.

The website provides patients/service users, carers, family and friends of sufferers, academics/researchers, mental health professionals, and others affected by mental illness with access to a range of online material on mental health, including news stories, articles, and information on local services and research studies. One of the aims of the forum is to also allow discussion and input for the sharing of knowledge, experiences, ideas, and views, to help inform future research and service provision. The site also contains links to a range of external resources.

Oxford Mental Health Forum is independent; it is not part of any other organisation and works collaboratively with others.


The objectives of Oxford Mental Health Forum are:

  • to disseminate local news and information to increase awareness and accessibility in the field of mental health, in particular to help and support those affected by mental illness;

  • to help encourage involvement and contribution;

  • to provide an opportunity for sharing experiences, ideas, knowledge, and views (whether anonymously or otherwise);

  • to contribute to research;

  • to encourage services and research teams to further consult with those who have been affected by mental illness to help improve services and treatment outcomes.

  • To work together with local mental health groups and organisations to help raise the profile of support that is available for those affected by mental illness and to encourage patient/service user involvement in the development of services and research.

Get involved/Support OMHF

Have you previously received help from local services for a mental illness, such as depression? Did you find the additional support helpful? Were there things that could have helped more?

Are you a carer? Perhaps you have a family member who suffers from autism, or alzheimer’s or dementia, whose behaviour can sometimes be challenging. How are you finding the experience of caring for them?

Perhaps you are an academic or researcher who is conducting research into people’s experiences of mental illness, and/or looking for participants for a study.

Or do you have an interest in mental health in general and want to find out the latest news, for instance, and information about local research studies.

There are a number of ways to get involved and help shape and develop Oxford Mental Health Forum to provide a valuable resource and help others. Share your knowledge, insight, and suggestions. For example:

      > Submit a blog entry
      > Post a message on the noticeboard
      > Suggest an idea for an article
      > Advertise a local research study or volunteering opportunity
      > Give feedback

Oxford Mental Health Forum consists of representatives from local mental health NHS service providers, charity groups, the University of Oxford Department of Psychiatry, patient and carer representatives, and lay members, who all give their time voluntarily.

Please get in touch if you would like to be involved, or if you have any queries or feedback you would like to give.

Founder, Oxford Mental Health Forum

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