Evidence-Based Talking Therapy for Mental Health and Stress

Struggling with your mental health and stress? You can self-refer to local Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) Services, a national initiative to make evidence-based psychological therapy accessible to as many people as possible.

IAPT services are free, confidential NHS talking therapy services that can provide support for stress, low mood, anxiety, depression, and help people living with long term health conditions.

IAPT services can help you to feel better and give you tools and techniques to improve your mental and physical wellbeing using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - a time-limited, structured, problem-solving approach that can help you manage anxiety or depression by changing how you think and behave.

Under normal circumstances, groups/courses, face-to-face, telephone and online support are available, although this provision is restricted during the COVID-19 shutdown. There is more information on the NHS website, including evidence on the outcomes of treatment in IAPT. These services are independent from the University, so discussions will be entirely confidential and will not be fed back to your employer.


For staff employed at Exeter campuses, you can self- refer to TALKWORKS, (previously the Depression and Anxiety Service). During the current COVID-19 shutdown, TALKWORKS has moved to offering all of its services via telephone or online. You can self-refer direct to TALKWORKS by calling 0300 555 3344 or by completing an online form.  More information can be found at www.TALKWORKS.dpt.nhs.uk.


For staff employed at Cornwall campuses, you can self-refer to Outlook SW. You can self-refer direct to Outlook SW by completing an online form. More information can be found at www. https://www.outlooksw.co.uk/.