www.oxfordmhf.org.uk/involvement/ A short text to describe your forum 2016-07-10T14:44:08+01:00 http://www.oxfordmhf.org.uk/involvement/feed.php 2016-07-10T14:44:08+01:00 2016-07-10T14:44:08+01:00 http://www.oxfordmhf.org.uk/involvement/viewtopic.php?t=426&p=585#p585 <![CDATA[Events • Celebrating our Lives event]]> Posted on behalf of the Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership

Celebrating our Lives: Living Creatively with Mental Health issues

Come and join us at a fun, exciting and free event for people who have used mental health services in Oxfordshire.

The CMS Mission Centre
Watlington Road

By a group of people with lived experience working with staff from the new Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership. Workshops on art, music, creative writing and movement. Alice Hicks will present her new research on the value of user led groups and there will be information stands about mental health services.
The event will create a spirit of equality, openness, and fun in which we can learn
from one another.

15th July 2016
Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Contact Us:
Phone: 07710 701 283
Email: celebratingourlives@response.org.uk

Statistics: Posted by OMHF admin — 10 Jul 2016, 14:44

2016-02-21T16:43:37+01:00 2016-02-21T16:43:37+01:00 http://www.oxfordmhf.org.uk/involvement/viewtopic.php?t=384&p=498#p498 <![CDATA[Events • Theatre show in aid of The Archway Foundation]]> Posted on behalf of The Archway Foundaton

Thursday 24th March - Wesley Memorial Church,
New Inn Hall St, Oxford OX1 2DH
(7pm / 7.30pm start) £10

Mark is an actor. Mark was an actor... It was while performing onstage at Stratford that Mark started to lose control of his life.

'Hilarious, touching and utterly bonkers', this is a gripping story of a life lived at the edge.

Includes post-show Q&A with RSC actor Mark Lockyer. For booking or queries about either of these events, please contact us on 01865 790552 or email us: office@archwayfoundation.org.uk

Any profits from these events will go towards Archway's work in alleviating loneliness.

Statistics: Posted by OMHF admin — 21 Feb 2016, 16:43

2016-01-31T16:24:51+01:00 2016-01-31T16:24:51+01:00 http://www.oxfordmhf.org.uk/involvement/viewtopic.php?t=337&p=451#p451 <![CDATA[Events • Oxford Campaigners meeting on 3rd Feb]]> Covering Oxford & Oxfordshire
Stronger Together

We are a group of people affected by mental illness either directly or as a family/friends, or working in the field, who believe that the voice of lived experience should be heard.

Our aims are ‘to act as a forum for the exchange of innovative ideas around the areas of mental health and inclusion, to network and to take positive action to change perceptions and improve people’s lives.’

Wednesday 3rd February:
Being Heard
“speaking out”, “co-production”, “experts by experience”, “involvement” – making these words count
Come and listen and share..........

All meetings are at 7pm – 8.30pm
(refreshments from 6.30pm)

We will be meeting at:
Manzil Way

For news and details of other events, please contact:
Frances Ashworth
(Group Co-ordinator)
By emailing:

This group is also supported by Restore charity.

Statistics: Posted by OMHF admin — 31 Jan 2016, 16:24

2016-01-19T19:48:23+01:00 2016-01-19T19:48:23+01:00 http://www.oxfordmhf.org.uk/involvement/viewtopic.php?t=306&p=420#p420 <![CDATA[Research • Overcoming Perfectionism - a guided self-help study]]>
The Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital are currently trialling a new online-guided self-help form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which is aimed to help individuals with unhelpful perfectionism and this is something which may be very useful for individuals with mental illness, particularly those with eating disorders and anxiety.

This guided self-help will be based Professor Roz Shafrans’ book 'Overcoming Perfectionism'. When individuals have completed each online self-help module, they will receive feedback from a psychologist at the Institute of Child Health, UCL. At the end of the study all participants will receive an e-book of ‘Overcoming Perfectionism’ for free.

There is a large body of research which suggests that perfectionistic tendencies can cause an individual anxiety, without improving efficiency in tasks necessarily resulting in better perfromances. We at the Institute of child health feel that this study could really benefit those who would like to speak to a professional regarding anxiety and stress resulting from having extremely high standards for you.

Please contact us if you think this might be something for you on: ich.overcomingperfectionism@ucl.ac.uk or see our call for participants page for more information:

https://www.callforparticipants.com/stu ... lled-trial

Many thanks,

Overcoming Perfectionism UCL

Do you have extremely high standards?
Do you judge yourself on your ability to meet these high standards?
Do people call you a perfectionist?
If you are an adult and have perfectionism that is causing you difficulties, you may be eligible to take part in a study of a guided online self-help treatment.
To receive more information about taking part please visit:
Email: overcomingperfectionism@ich.ucl.ac.uk

Any information you give us will be processed in accordance with the UK Data Protection Act, UCL Data Protection Registration reference no. Z6364106/2014/11/42

Statistics: Posted by perfectionism — 19 Jan 2016, 19:48

2015-11-15T14:43:38+01:00 2015-11-15T14:43:38+01:00 http://www.oxfordmhf.org.uk/involvement/viewtopic.php?t=167&p=281#p281 <![CDATA[Research • Have you used NHS mental health services in the last year?]]>
Posted on behalf of the Picker Institute:

Help us test a questionnaire about NHS mental health services.

Have you used NHS mental health services in the last year? This may have been for depression, dementia, or another mental health issue.

The Picker Institute is a not-for-profit heatlh research organisation. We're looking for volunteers to help us test a questionnaire about people's experiences of these services. You will need to have seen someone from NHS mental health services other than a GP in the last year.

This would involve meeting with a member of our team who will go through the questionnaire with you during an informal one-to-one chat. It will take about an hour, and you will receive a £25 voucher as a "thank you" for your time.

If you're interested, please call our team on 01865 208127 or email us at:

Statistics: Posted by OMHF admin — 15 Nov 2015, 14:43

2015-10-24T13:56:25+01:00 2015-10-24T13:56:25+01:00 http://www.oxfordmhf.org.uk/involvement/viewtopic.php?t=161&p=275#p275 <![CDATA[Research • Help to Improve the Support Given to Trauma Survivors]]> *A study exploring the perceptions of online social support following trauma*

My name is Emily and I am a master’s student studying Psychology at the University of Bristol. I am conducting a research study that will explore the views and experiences of social support following a traumatic event. The goal of the study is to improve the support given to trauma survivors. Perceptions of online peer support in relation to recovery will be the main focal point.

The study aims to provide a voice for those who have experienced trauma, allowing for their perspectives to be taken into account. From this, an understanding of support preferences is likely to develop, and the support given to individuals following a traumatic event may improve.

I am seeking volunteers who have experienced a traumatic event.
It is a requirement that volunteers experienced the trauma more than a year ago.

The study will focus on the views of trauma support available online and offline, and requires volunteers to be interviewed. Interviews will be conducted online through the use of ‘Google Hangouts’ (an instant messaging software). The purpose of conducting interviews as opposed to questionnaires is to gain a more meaningful perception of trauma support preferences.

The study is also seeking volunteers to take part in an online focus group. The discussion board will be private and the content posted by respondents will only be seen by those taking part in the group. Participants will be asked to discuss their decision in utilising (or choosing not to use) online support. Volunteers may choose to participate in either a focus group or an interview, but will be welcomed to take part in both.

I am seeking volunteers who are over the age of 18. All data will be analysed anonymously, and will be treated with strict confidentiality where possible. Volunteers have the right to withdraw from the study at any point, without justification or penalty.

The British Psychological Society (BPS) accredits the course I am enrolled on and I have been granted approval by the University of Bristol Ethics committee to go ahead with this research. I have also been given permission by the Oxford Mental Health Forum to advertise my study on this page.

If you are willing to help and qualify to participate, please contact Emily on the email provided:


Further information regarding the study will then be sent to volunteers to ensure any outstanding questions are answered prior to taking part.

If you have any concerns or complaints about this research project please contact my supervisor:


Thank you for taking the time to read this post.
I look forward to hearing from you.

Statistics: Posted by Emily — 24 Oct 2015, 13:56

2015-10-18T14:46:51+01:00 2015-10-18T14:46:51+01:00 http://www.oxfordmhf.org.uk/involvement/viewtopic.php?t=95&p=210#p210 <![CDATA[Events • Re: Rethink Mental Illness Conference]]>
There are still spaces available at this conference in Oxford - Rethink Mental Illness south east regional conference - Mental Health: The Way Forward.

Bookings can be made by emailing Caroline.Burton@rethink.org until 30th October.

Statistics: Posted by OMHF admin — 18 Oct 2015, 14:46

2015-09-30T18:53:14+01:00 2015-09-30T18:53:14+01:00 http://www.oxfordmhf.org.uk/involvement/viewtopic.php?t=97&p=174#p174 <![CDATA[Events • The development of Oxfordshire mental health services]]> Statistics: Posted by Tandem — 30 Sep 2015, 18:53

2015-09-10T12:21:42+01:00 2015-09-10T12:21:42+01:00 http://www.oxfordmhf.org.uk/involvement/viewtopic.php?t=96&p=173#p173 <![CDATA[Research • Seeking Young People's Views on Mental Health Services]]>

Healthwatch Oxfordshire is working with researchers from Saïd Business School, involving young people between ages of 18 and 35 who use Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS) in Oxfordshire. The aim of our research is to ask the question: “how can we better design mental health services for the young people of Oxfordshire?”

•Are you currently using NHS Adult Mental Health Services in Oxfordshire, or have you used them within the last year?

•Are you aged between 18 and 35?

If you can answer ‘yes’ to the above questions, we would really appreciate it if you would take to complete the online survey with a chance to win shopping vouchers worth £25, provided by funding from the Business School.


We are looking to find out more about what, if any, online or other services you use in addition to your NHS appointments with Adult Mental Health Services. By ‘Adult Mental Health Services’ we mean services that initially required a referral from a GP or other professional.
We also have a limited number of places for the next focus group in September! We will give you a £25 Amazon Voucher in exchange for your help/attendance at this event.
•When? Tuesday September 15th
•Time? From 1 – 2 pm
•Where? Seminar Room 14, East Wing, Said Business School, Park End Street, Oxford.

It is essential that you book a place on the focus group in advance by email: Annie.davy@healthwatchoxfordshire.co.uk
Data for the survey and focus group will be anonymized and personal details will not be collected or stored. For more details about this study, please visit:

http://www.healthwatchoxfordshire.co.uk ... h-services

Statistics: Posted by OMHF admin — 10 Sep 2015, 12:21

2015-09-02T19:39:34+01:00 2015-09-02T19:39:34+01:00 http://www.oxfordmhf.org.uk/involvement/viewtopic.php?t=95&p=172#p172 <![CDATA[Events • Rethink Mental Illness Conference]]> Mental Health: The Way Forward

A major conference for any one who cares for someone with mental health problems and for those who have lived experience of mental ill health, and including those who have a professional interest.

The conference is free to attend and will cover:
• Latest developments in the
treatment of mental illness
• Therapeutic approaches to psychosis
• How to survive being a carer
• A personal journey on staying well
• Hear about “Open Dialogue” –
a powerful new approach to recovery

Monday 16 November 2015
10.30am to 16.30pm

St Aldates Parish Centre
40 Pembroke Street
Oxford, OX11BP

For more details:
Telephone: 01709 386572
Email: caroline.burton@rethink.org
Places are limited so book early.

Statistics: Posted by OMHF admin — 02 Sep 2015, 19:39

2015-05-09T18:59:14+01:00 2015-05-09T18:59:14+01:00 http://www.oxfordmhf.org.uk/involvement/viewtopic.php?t=92&p=171#p171 <![CDATA[Local services and community groups • Re: Reccomendation for GP experienced in mental health issue]]> It might be difficult, especially if you are homeless as well, to find the right GP, which is very unfair but that's the world as it is. I'm sure, though, you will succeed, Rainbow Lady, especially if you put on a brave face and don't let them imagine you are particularly 'needy'. Good luck!

Statistics: Posted by Yogi Bear — 09 May 2015, 18:59

2015-05-09T16:05:30+01:00 2015-05-09T16:05:30+01:00 http://www.oxfordmhf.org.uk/involvement/viewtopic.php?t=94&p=170#p170 <![CDATA[Events • Oxfordshire Crisis Bed Project]]>
Crisis Bed Project AGM meeting
Monday 18th May, 2015
Restore, Manzil way, Cowley road, Oxford, OX4 1YH

The AGM will include a discussion about suicide prevention. Please email janegibb20@hotmail.com if you would like to attend.

Statistics: Posted by OMHF admin — 09 May 2015, 16:05

2015-05-09T15:57:59+01:00 2015-05-09T15:57:59+01:00 http://www.oxfordmhf.org.uk/involvement/viewtopic.php?t=93&p=169#p169 <![CDATA[Events • A play about mental health at the OFS]]>
Former psychiatric nurse Rob Gee brings Fruitcake as part of Oxford Fringe 2015.

Fruitcake – Ten Commandments from the Psych Ward by Rob Gee

Sun 24 May, 5pm. Tues 26 & Weds 27 May, 7pm
Tickets: £8, £7 from http://www.ticketsoxford.com or 01865 305305.

Comic, poet and reformed psychiatric nurse Rob Gee presents a user-friendly guide to losing the plot.

Fruitcake charts a night shift on an acute psychiatric ward, seen through the eyes of a jaded nurse who hears the voice of God – a kindly Jamaican woman – who gives him ten benevolent commandments to help him through the shift; and life.

“Gee has pitched it perfectly… this hour showcases his strong talents as a witty, skilful storyteller.” Chortle

Rob Gee spent eleven years working as a registered nurse in psychiatric units around the UK and Australia. Now a performance poet, he’s toured the UK, Europe, Australia and North America, won numerous poetry slams, and regularly appears on BBC radio.

Also features internationally renowned dub poet Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze as the voice of God. Jean has been described by the British Council as “one of the most important, influential performance poets of recent years.” She also has a diagnosis of schizophrenia.

Fruitcake recently toured North America, winning numerous awards and selling out across the country.

Statistics: Posted by OMHF admin — 09 May 2015, 15:57

2015-04-26T22:37:04+01:00 2015-04-26T22:37:04+01:00 http://www.oxfordmhf.org.uk/involvement/viewtopic.php?t=92&p=168#p168 <![CDATA[Local services and community groups • Reccomendation for GP experienced in mental health issues]]> I wonder if anyone can reccomend a really kind, caring and sensitive Gp who has the specialist training in mental health issues in Oxford, please, who they have had a really good experience with in terms of how their mental health issues were dealt with.
I have been homeless for a year having split up with a long term partner just 2 weeks after my Mum went into a care-home with very rapid Alzheimers. My son left home and I had to re-home my beloved cat as a result. I am really struggling emotionally with all the loss and never imagined I would still be homeless a year on and still struggling emotionally. I don't have a gp and am very untrusting of them in general, so am only willing to see someone who has been reccomended by someone who has had a good experience. Sadly not all gp's are as good as each other...
Many thanks in advance for any pointers....

Statistics: Posted by Rainbow lady — 26 Apr 2015, 22:37

2015-02-28T17:25:09+01:00 2015-02-28T17:25:09+01:00 http://www.oxfordmhf.org.uk/involvement/viewtopic.php?t=91&p=167#p167 <![CDATA[Involvement opportunities • Active Body Healthy Mind]]>
To whom it may concern,

I work at Oxfordshire Mind and Coordinate a project called Active Body Healthy Mind which engages people with a mental health problem into sports and physical activity to improve or maintain their wellbeing. Also as part of the project, we recruit volunteers to accompany participants to attend an activity of their choice if they require that service.

I wanted to highlight the project to you as you may have a range of people who would be able access this service to focus on their wellbeing. Participants do not need to have a diagnosis of a mental health problem and can attend any of the sessions that are available, if they feel it is suitable for them. The sessions could be suitable for people that are looking to do some activities, with a variation of exertion levels, carers or family members may want to have some time to be active or generally for members of staff to access. The best thing about the sessions available is that it is a great way to socialise and meet a variety of people, but also to achieve your personal wellbeing goals.

There are also volunteering opportunities for those that are interested in working in the community with people and assist them to access a session, plus a signposting service for people to receive information about any questions they have regarding physical activity. I have enclosed a link to the website for your reference and further information about what is available: http://www.oxfordshiresport.org/active- ... lthy-mind/

Active Body Healthy Mind Coordinator

Statistics: Posted by OMHF admin — 28 Feb 2015, 17:25