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Mental health support and treatment

NHS Every Mind Matters and Mind have advice, tools and support to help your wellbeing during COVID-19 and to manage common feelings including stress, anxiety and low mood/depression. Student Minds provides advice tailored to students.  

If you aren’t sure where to start, you can contact the Wellbeing Service (students and PGRs) or Occupational Health (staff and PGRs) for confidential advice on choosing the right support for you. It might also help to complete the NHS mood self-assessment to help understand your feelings. 

Click on the headers below for further tools and support available at the University. There is no 'one size fits all' solution, so choose what is best for you and don't be afraid to try a few things. We have split the information to show what is available for all and what is specifically for students or staff only.

Worries caused by COVID-19

It’s perfectly natural to go through a wide range of emotions in response to COVID-19 and there is no right way to feel. It might help to take a look at the NHS website for tips and advice to manage worries. 

Resources for staff, students and PGRs:

Resources for students and PGRs:

Resources for staff and PGRs:

Low mood/ Stress/ Anxiety/ Depression

Many of us can experience periods of low mood, stress, anxiety and depression. You can find evidence-based information and support on the NHS webpages.

If the way that you are feeling is affecting your daily life, you are struggling to cope or you are overwhelmed by your thoughts and feelings, it can help to self-refer to NHS IAPT Services for evidence-based therapist-led Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Local services are listed below:

If you live outside of these areas, you can find your local service using the NHS search for IAPT services

Resources for staff, students and PGRs:

Resources for students and PGRs:

Resources for staff and PGRs:

Financial worries

The NHS web pages have information and advice on coping with financial worries. 

Resources for students: 

Resources for staff and PGRs:

Grief after bereavement or loss

Most people experience grief when they lose something or someone important to them. If these feelings are affecting your life, there are things you can try that may help. Find out more about the symptoms of grief, bereavement and loss, together with advice and support on the NHS website. It could also help to contact a support organisation such as Cruse Bereavement Care.

Resources for staff and PGRs:

Feeling lonely

We all feel lonely sometimes, but the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can make it harder to be with others. There are some great tips on the NHS web pages. 

Resources for staff, students and PGRs:

Resources for students:

Resources for staff and PGRs:

Relationship problems

Resources for staff, students and PGRs: 

 

Resources for staff and PGRs: 

Exam & study stress

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Mental health and wellbeing at work

The Occupational Health team can provide you with confidential support to manage work-related problems, including:  
  1. Managing health problems caused by work e.g. stress, aches and pains  
  2. Making adjustments to your work to help manage a health condition 
  3. Finding health support to suit you 
  4. Helping managers to support employees .
For further information, please email occupationalhealth@exeter.ac.uk

The Managing Mental Health and Stress Standard sets out processes for managing stress at the University and links to relevant resources and support (staff). 
 
Spectrum Life offers confidential counselling and career guidance.

Autism spectrum conditions

The NHS web pages have information and advice about autism spectrum conditions.

Resources for staff and PGRs:

Menopause

The NHS web pages have information and advice about menopause.

Resources for students:

Resources for staff and PGRs: