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Peer support

There are many interlinked communities within the larger University, and they can be invaluable sources of support for students. They provide a further safe space to discuss thoughts and feelings and interaxct with others who might face similar challenges.

University of Exeter students are running a Positive Wellbeing peer support group to help support your mental wellbeing. 

The group aims to promote recovery, social inclusion and personal growth. The hope is to support people experiencing low mood, so they can build broader networks of social support, adopt self-care strategies and to realise that they are not suffering alone.

Please see their Facebook page for further details.

A peer support group dedicated to providing support for students with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, offering weekly peer support sessions run by student facilitators.

Peer support sessions occur every Tuesday evening, in the DH2 conference room (located in Devonshire House, 2nd floor). The schedule for session times can be accessed online.  

The sessions are run by two trained student facilitators and consist of a structured discussion, providing students with the opportunity to share their experiences with OCD and support each other.

More information can be found on the group's Facebook page, Instagram, or Student Guild page.

 

Peer support sessions for anybody who has difficulties with food and/or body image. Overseen by eating difficulty specialists.

The Fatigue Social Group is for anyone who experiences fatigue, whether or not you have a diagnosed condition. Come along and meet (virtually, for now) other students with similar experiences. We use the first meeting of the year to look at how the group could run – your ideas would be very welcome. However, you are also very welcome to sit in and just observe; there is no pressure to contribute.

Invitations with Microsoft Teams meeting links go out via the Fatigue Social Group mailing list every other week. If you would like to be added to this mailing list, or just have some questions, please email accessability@exeter.ac.uk.

In Term 2, the group will meet on the following dates: 

January 18

February 1

February 15

March 1

March 15

March 29

In the meantime, if you would like to know more about the group, you can read through our Fatigue Group Resource Pack.

The Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) Social Group welcomes any student at the University of Exeter who identifies with autism spectrum conditions (such as Asperger's syndrome), or believes they would benefit from being involved.

The social group is facilitated by two of our AccessAbility Advisors, Sasa Donovan (who is also an ASC Specialist Mentor) and Ellen Gibbins, who help to run activities and support those who may feel anxious or apprehensive about taking part. Activities can involve playing board games or card games, working on a jigsaw puzzle, or doing crafts such as origami or colouring. You do not have to participate in activities if you'd prefer not to. 

It doesn’t matter when you get involved in the year; you are welcome any time, and some students come a few times a term whilst others come to every group. You’re able to attend at any point in the session too, whether you just want to join for 10 minutes or stay throughout.

If you have any questions, please email accessability@exeter.ac.uk. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for weekly reminder emails, please request this via email and we can add you. 

Dates and location (term two, 2022)

Dates: Every Wednesday in term time, from Wednesday 12th January to Wednesday 30th March. 

Time: 12:30 - 14:00  

Location: The Training Suite, Floor 1 of the Forum Building, Streatham Campus (building 3 on the campus map). Please see the following document for a picture guide of how to find the Training Suite: Training Suite directions

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COVID guidelines

Currently University guidelines state that masks must be worn in all shared indoor spaces unless you are exempt. To ensure the group can continue to be held in-person, please use the hand sanitiser available and wear masks wherever possible unless exempt. Please do not attend the group if you are feeling unwell. You can find more information about University COVID guidelines here.

Nightline is a confidential listening and information service run by Exeter students, for Exeter students. From January, the service is available 8pm - 8am every night of term, for phone calls and Instant Messaging.

An instant messaging service all over the world is available on their website.