Mental Health and Therapy in Oxford 


Located in the South East region of England, Oxford is known as ‘The City of Dreaming Spires’, famous around the world for its university and place in history. With an estimated population of 170,350 as of 2016, it is the 52nd largest city in the United Kingdom, and one of the fastest growing and most ethnically diverse. However, recorded mental health problems can be seen to have escalated in the past few years. Latest figures show a blanket increase in severe mental health issues across the county of Oxfordshire, with Oxford City 'well above the average' of all other districts. It showed the number of people diagnosed with depression in Oxfordshire increased by 7,100 between 2016/17 and 2015/16 - an increase of 14 per cent.

Oxford has a broad economic base. Its industries include motor manufacturing, education, publishing and a large number of information technology and science-based businesses; home to technological advancements and a thriving economy that grows stronger each year.

However, the health of people in Oxford is varied compared with the England average. In terms of overall deprivation, 21.85% of all dependent children under 20 in Oxford live in poverty, a figure that is significantly higher than the England average, with mental health problems and substance misuse prevalent within the population. Deprivation in parts of the county are being blamed for the rise. 

Home to one of the world’s most prestigious universities, one-third of the population is between the ages of 18 to 29, with over 23,000 students attending Oxford University. Alongside Oxford’s high-calibre reputation comes serious mental health issues, which is being addressed by the university's counselling services.

65 percent of students in Oxford say they have missed lectures due to a lack of sleep, and only 29 percent claim to maintain a positive sleep schedule while at university. Furthermore, 44 percent of students claim they “feel stressed all or most of the time”, with 43 percent of students expressing that attending the university has negatively impacted their mental health. 

Here are some resources to help those with mental health issues in Oxford:

welldoing.org is a therapy platform that lists professionals who can help with mental health and provide therapy in Oxford and Oxfordshire. You can read about their expertise and approaches, or use our simple questionnaire to see who is best suited to you and your concerns. You can make therapy appointments and pay for them online if you wish.

Oxfordshire Mind - providing advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Call 01865 247 788.

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust- a community-focused organisation that provides physical and mental health and social care.

Elmore Community Services - offering high quality services for marginalised and disenfranchised people throughout Oxfordshire. Call 01865 200 130, 



lists welldoing.org for therapy and counselling