All In Your Head

Welcome to All In Your Head, Oxford’s first mental health magazine, covering all aspects of mental health and mental illness from self care to disorders typically very stigmatised. Our hope is to open up some important conversations, allow for self expression and be a supportive place.


A photograph of a paperback copy of Release by Patrick Ness.

May’s Book of the Month: Release, Patrick Ness

Charlotte Rose reviews ‘Release’ by Patrick Ness, a genre-defying coming of age novel.

A photograph of a stormy sea

On Living with Pure O

A poem by Aaron Hammond Duncan

Content warning(s): body horror

A photograph of the book 'Clap When You Land' by Elizabeth Acevedo, against a backdrop of pink flowers. The paperback book cover features illustrations of the main characters, two girls, with only half of each of their faces visible.

April’s Book of the Month: Clap When You Land, Elizabeth Acevedo

For April, Charlotte Rose recommends ‘Clap When You Land’, a story of two 16 year old girls, Camino and Yahaira, and how they grapple with their grief after a tragedy, and their new-found knowledge that they are sisters.

Content warning(s): Death

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Reflections on Oxford’s Suspension Policy

Cameron Marnoch writes about the isolation of suspension, and how lockdown has highlighted the difficulty of being alone.

Content warning(s): Depression, Anxiety, Isolation, Brief Mentions of Suicide and Racism, Discussion of the Coronavirus Pandemic

A photo of the book, Dear NHS, against a colourful striped background. The cover of the book has a hand drawn design and features a child playing with a nurse doll.

March’s Book of the Month: Dear NHS: 100 Stories to Say Thank You, edited by Adam Kay

Charlotte Rose reads Dear NHS, a collection of personal stories from household names that form an emotional testament to our health system

Content warning(s): suicide, violence, alcoholism, overdose, death

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Ode to my fatness

A poem by Juliet Shapiro.

Content warning(s): medication, body image

An illustrative image showing an old fashioned filing cabinet. Each drawer is labelled with a different mental health disorder.

Mental Health Labels – Conversations with a Clinician and a Patient.

Freya Rennison interviews a teacher who has been fighting her way through the NHS’s mental health system for most of her life, and a psychiatric triage nurse in order to understand the way the NHS system uses labels to describe mental health.

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when she was still

A poem by Yii-Jen Deng

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A poem by Emily Pont

Content warning(s): minor body horror

A paperback copy of the book Out of Love by Hazel Hayes. The book is against a dark purple background and is surrounded by fairy lights. The book's cover is a light green with a sketch of two people's arms as they hold hands, overlaid by a yellow paint splodge.

February’s Book of the Month: Out of Love, Hazel Hayes

This time, Charlotte Rose reviews Hazel Hayes’ original and heartfelt debut novel – Out of Love.

A drawing of Pheebs wearing a yellow tracksuit and playing her bass. The background is a light blue with stars on it and a wavy rainbow.

Interview with Pheebs Jameson @fatpheebs

Pheebs Jameson (@fatpheebs on Instagram and Twitter) is a young activist, working to fight fatphobia, online abuse, and sexual violence alongside raising awareness of mental health problems. Ellie chatted to her about how she got started, her proudest achievements, and her hopes for the future. 

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January’s Book of the Month: This Time Next Year, Sophie Cousens

For the the very first edition of All In Your Head’s Book of the Month column, Charlotte Rose reviews Sophie Cousens’ debut novel – This Time Next Year.

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“Inspirational” Phrases

A poem by AJ Jeffries Shaw

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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Review

Ellie Redpath looks at the depiction of mental health in the TV show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

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Self-Care During Lockdown

Tara Madsen gives us some tips on how to look after our mental health while staying at home.

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The 20mg Citalopram Dream Sestina

A poem by Cameron Marnoch


A poem by Hope

Content warning(s): suicidal ideation, casual fatalism

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In Conversation with Melanie Onovo

Our Editor in Chief talks with Melanie Onovo, founder of the The Truth of the Matter, about her work in mental health activism.

Content warning(s): mentions of racial harassment

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A short story by Ceci Bronzoni

Content warning(s): domestic abuse

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An Interview with Student Welfare Reps

Charlotte Rose talks to college Welfare Reps about the effect their role has had on their own mental health.

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Confetti Bomb Vol. 2

A poem by Evie Rosette

Content warning(s): mention of wounds