Mental health

During the course of our lives, we may experience feelings of low mood, anxiety or be involved in a traumatic event. One in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem in any given year.

Analysis shows that around 15% of people at work have symptoms of an existing mental health condition.

There is a large annual cost to employers of between £33 billion and £42 billion (with over half of the cost coming from presenteeism – when individuals are less productive due to poor mental health in work) with additional costs from sickness absence and staff turnover.

The following pages offers guidance a number of topics with links to other organisations, such as the NHS, and apps to further support you when faced with mental health related issues.

Taking care of your mental health during COVID-19

Please continue to monitor this section for advice and guidance. We will be keep updating this page with additional information.


The Coronavirus (COVID- 19) outbreak is having a significant impact on all of us. We are here to support your mental wellbeing and provide expert care throughout the pandemic. Please see below for some updates and information from our trusted sources:

24/7 Mental Health Helpline for Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire

The NHS service operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week for people who need mental health care, support or advice when their situation is not life threatening. It supports people of all ages including children and older adults.

Adults: 01865 904997
Children and young people: 01865 904998


Oxford Health: Coronavirus and mental health

The Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has published a series of leaflets on Coronavirus and mental health, how to look after yourself, what to do if a problem persists and where to find further information. The leaflets are all free to download and use.


Other useful resources 

Bereavement and grief during COVID-19

Grieving the loss of a loved one may be especially challenging right now. National Bereavement Partnership COVID-19 Hub offers guidance, advice and support to people affected by bereavement caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.


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