October 10th sees both World Mental Health Day and World Homeless Day being celebrated. Mental health problems and homelessness can affect anyone, any day or time of the year but the 10th October brings a good opportunity to show your support.

We want to get Oxfordshire talking about the ever-growingly important subject of Mental Health & Homelessness. Research has shown that poor mental health can be both a cause and a consequence of homelessness (Crisis, 2019). After months of lockdown along with the many other stresses coronavirus brings, it is important now more than ever to look after your mental wellbeing.

The Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership, Homeless Oxfordshire and the Oxford Homeless Movement felt it was important to collaborate today in order to help the residents of Oxfordshire know where to get help if needed. Rather than using this one day as a way to promote two separate messages, it felt important to join together and show how clearly these two incredibly important topics also have a very distinctive link.

We’re reaching out to organisations across Oxfordshire to ask them to share this message on Saturday 10th October to show your support for both mental health and homelessness. We aim to get our message out as far as possible to show we are all here willing to listen and support whoever needs it.

Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership

The Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership wanted to give you a visual representation of what our services looked like and how we are here to support people throughout. Follow Jo through their recovery journey with the OMHP, as drawn by an individual who uses the Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership services.

We want to make everyone aware that anyone can access mental health services. The OMHP has been involved in setting up the new Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health Helpline. This is a phone line anyone can call and get direct advice about where they can go for mental health support that would be most appropriate for them. Watch the video below to find out more information.

The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health Helpline numbers are as follows:

Adults: 0800 783 0119 or 01865 904 997
Children and young people: 0800 783 0121 or 01865 904 998

Homeless Oxfordshire

Homeless Oxfordshire wanted to showcase how you can get help is you are in danger of becoming homeless. Through a series of interviews with those who are using Homeless Oxfordshire’s services, we will learn about “step one” of someone’s journey out of homelessness, the referral process, how to gain access to Homeless Oxfordshire as well as some of the different housing and support options that are available.

Oxford Homeless Movement

The Oxford Homeless Movement interview-style video features them talking to their clients about how homelessness has affected them and its link to mental health.