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Our specialist mental health team can help you get the most out of your studies

Mental Health Pathway

About us 

The Mental Health Pathway team provide advice and support to students with a range of mental health difficulties. All of the team are registered mental health professionals from a range of backgrounds including mental health nursing, occupational therapy and social work. The role of the Mental Health Pathway is to consider support options and reasonable adjustments for students in relation to how their mental health impacts on their ability to study and manage at University. We also provide comprehensive, ongoing advice and guidance to students with mental health difficulties. With consent, we liaise with relevant others such as GPs, other mental health professionals, and members of staff within the University to facilitate appropriate support.

Is this the right pathway for me?

We would advise getting in touch with us to discuss support if:

  • You have a mental health difficulty that has lasted for a year or is likely to last for a year, e.g. anxiety disorders (panic, social anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorder), eating difficulties, depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, psychoses
  • You have a mental health difficulty and are taking prescribed medication
  • You are experiencing signs or symptoms of a mental health difficulty which are impacting on your ability to study and cope at University

If you are a prospective student, please click here to see information about getting in touch with us.

What support is available?

In most cases, the initial meeting with the Mental Health Pathway will be an appointment to put in place an Individual Learning Plan (ILP). This appointment focuses on how your mental health impacts on your ability to study and manage at University and to consider any reasonable adjustments the University may be able to offer to support you. The initial appointment will: 

  • Last up to one hour
  • Explore how your mental health difficulty impacts on your course and University life 
  • Consider possible reasonable adjustments whilst you are at University for your teaching and learning needs
  • Discuss liaison with your College where needed and with your consent
  • Give advice and signposting to other relevant support such as Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA)
  • Give advice and information about other support within Wellbeing Services, NHS services and voluntary sectors

If you think that attending an appointment to discuss an ILP would benefit you, please see booking an appointment and complete our online form. If you have any difficulties completing the online form, or have any questions or concerns about the ILP process, please see our information about attending a drop-in session

Please note, if you have any general queries about Wellbeing support you can book a Telephone Referral Appointment (TRA) with a practitioner from Wellbeing Services.

After the initial appointment to discuss an ILP, a practitioner may discuss further support options with you. This can include:

  • Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA) Band 4 specialist mentor support 
  • Mental health support appointments to explore additonal support needs whilst at University
  • Liaison with wider support networks, e.g. your GP and specialist mental health teams, with your consent

Please be aware that to access some of the support listed above you will be required to declare your health as a disability. Click here to find out more about declaring a disability. 

Studying abroad or from a distance

Please contact the Mental Health pathway if you are planning to study abroad or will be studying from a distance so we can discuss your needs and the support options available to you.

If you haven’t had contact with the mental health pathway before please complete the Mental Health Appointment Request Form.

If you have met with the Mental Health pathway before you can email wellbeing@exeter.ac.uk and request to book a mental health appointment. Please explain it is to discuss studying abroad or being a distance learner.