Mental Wealth Academy
Support for young people
Unfortunately, the Mental Wealth Academy is now permanently closed to referrals. In November 2022 we were notified that there was no guarantee of funding beyond the end of March; this has now been confirmed as a final decision.
The partnership of Response, SOFEA, Ark-T, Oxfordshire Mind, Oxfordshire Youth, BYHP and The Abingdon Bridge have collectively decided to wind down the service. Clients who are currently being supported by MWA workers will continue to be seen until the end of March. The service will not be open to new referrals.
The partnership will continue to explore future options for this service as we know it leave a gap of support for people aged 16 to 25. However, at the moment we need to take this tough decision to finally close the service.
With the MWA closed we would signpost to the below service for support:
Dial 111 if you need medical help quickly, but it’s not an immediate risk, or if it is out-of-hours for your General Practitioner (GP) surgery.
Contact your GP if you are experiencing mental health problems and are not known to local mental health services.
Access free mental health support today, via the Oxfordshire Mind Information Service. All 16+ year olds can access an Options Session with a Wellbeing Worker. Following this, you can access Oxfordshire Mind’s services which include Peer Support Groups, Short Courses, other services, and signposting.
Phone number: 01865 247788
Access free mental health support today, via the Oxfordshire Mind Primary Care Service, available via your local GP surgery. Discover participating surgeries here.
Text YoungMinds Crisis Messenger if you are under 25 and experiencing a mental health crisis and need support. This free text service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK, you can text YM to 85258.
Webchat with The Mix, who offer free 1:1 support to anyone under 25 to talk about anything that’s troubling them. Or phone 0808 808 4994 Opening times: 4pm – 11pm, seven days a week
Text Shout – Who provide free, confidential mental health text support 24/7. Text 85258.
Call Papyrus if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts; With trained professionals giving support, advice and information to young people. 0800 068 4141 (Mon to Fri, 9am – 10pm) (Weekends and bank holidays, 2pm to 10pm).
Call Oxford or Banbury Safe Haven if you are 18 years or older and you experience a mental health crisis at the weekend. They offer crisis support over the weekend (Friday-Monday 6pm-10pm) and can be reached on: 01865 903 037
Call Samaritans for support on the phone, 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Call free on 116 123.
Mental Wealth Academy
The Mental Wealth Academy supports 18-25-year-olds through a programme of non-clinical mental health and wellbeing coping methods This includes those young people with mild-moderate mental health needs who may be falling through gaps created by transition pathways from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services to Adult Mental Health Services.
Owing to the pressures of the COVID pandemic, it has been extended in the short-term to 16-and-17-year-olds too.
As part of the project, families are also supported to enable them to work with their young people and address mild-moderate mental health issues.
The Mental Wealth Academy model includes partners; Response, Ark T, Oxfordshire Mind, Oxfordshire Youth, SOFEA and BYHP. The work is characterised by an aspirational, co-productive approach to reduce health inequalities, increase resilience and improving life chances.
If you’re a young person aged 16-25 experiencing mild-moderate mental health concerns or a family member who would like to support them, please get in touch with the Mental Wealth Academy, and we can arrange for one of our team to call you back.
The support services available include:
• Access to education employment and training
• Personal identity
• Dealing with anxiety/stress
• Physical health/Body image
• Recognising/Managing emotions
• Relationships/Social media
• Steps to wellbeing