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TalkingSpace is a service run by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Oxfordshire Mind, which provides help and support for people living in Oxfordshire suffering from symptoms of mild to moderate anxiety or depression. It is a confidential service for people aged 18 years and over.

TalkingSpace was launched in 2009 as part of the Government’s IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) Programme. The IAPT progamme is a national NHS initiative to make NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) approved psychological treatments, principally Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), more widely available.

To access the support offered by TalkingSpace, it is possible to self-refer to the service as well as being referred by a GP. The IAPT model is based on 'stepped care' with patients receiving either a Step two service (most often guided self-help, computerised CBT, group CBT or signposting) or a Step three (most often individual CBT) service depending upon their individual needs.

For more information, please contact TalkingSpace on 01865 325777, or email:

To self-refer, see:


Publication date: April 2012.

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