Mental wellbeing | Oxfordshire County Council

Mental wellbeing

Why your mental state is important and where to get information and support.

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Mental wellbeing describes your mental state - how you are feeling and how well you can cope with day-to-day life.

Our mental wellbeing can change from moment to moment, day to day, month to month or year to year.

Positive influences include physical health and a stable home life; negative influences include unemployment, debt, drugs and alcohol, and poor housing.

For more information on mental wellbeing, visit Mind.

Why mental wellbeing is important

Poor mental wellbeing can lead to problems such as depression and anxiety.

One in four of us will experience mental ill health each year, yet people still endure stigma and discrimination around this issue.

Mental health problems take up a third of GPs’ time and cost the UK £77 billion a year.

Mental illness can be a risk factor for other diseases, and unintentional injury.

Five ways to wellbeing




Five simple actions can support positive mental wellbeing

  • Connect – with people and communities around you
  • Be active – walking, dancing, cycling, anything active
  • Take notice – of your surroundings and experiences
  • Keep learning – try something new, or re-experience an old hobby
  • Give – do something nice for others – a smile or helping with a task.

One You

Modern life makes it hard to be healthy. One You encourages people to reappraise their lifestyle choices, put themselves first and do something about their own health. It reminds people that it’s never too late to improve their health - making small lifestyle changes such as eating well, drinking less alcohol, dealing with stress, can double your chances of being healthy at 70 and beyond. Our busy lives often means that our own health is at the bottom of our list of priorities. One You is here to remind you that your health matters.

A good way to start the fight to healthy is to take our free One You health quiz, ‘How Are You’. This innovative quiz provides personalised recommendations based on your results and direct you to tools and offers to help you take action where it’s most needed.

Support services

For more information on mental wellbeing and mental health support services in Oxfordshire visit the Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership

Other local support services

Family Information Service (FIS)

The Listening Centre

Counselling service for those on limited incomes.

Leys Children's Centre
Cuddesdon Corner
61-63 Cuddesdon Way
Blackbird Leys

Tel: 01865 794794

Oxford Women's Counselling Centre

Counselling for women in Oxford by women counsellors.
Tel: 01865 725617

The Isis Centre

Free counselling and psychotherapy available on the NHS for anyone over 18 and living in Oxfordshire.

Dartington House
Little Clarendon Street
Tel: 01865 556648

Oxfordshire Relate Centre

Relationship counselling available via several centres in Oxfordshire - charges vary.
Tel: 01865 242968.

Oxford Cruse

Counselling for people affected by bereavement.

Oxford Branch
Wesley Memorial Hall
New Inn Hall Street
Tel: 01865 245398 (Oxford)

Banbury Branch
P.O. Box 541
Tel: 01295 266350 (Banbury)

Riverside Counselling Service

Riverside Counselling Service - charity which provides affordable counselling and psychotherapy to adults living in and around Henley-on-Thames. Tel: 078 7938 1334.

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Last reviewed
19 September 2017
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