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Mental health support and treatment

Click on the headers below to find a range of support and treatment options for common mental health problems that are available at the University or locally. NHS Every Mind Matters and Mind also have excellent advice, tools and support. 

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.

If you aren’t sure where to start, it might also help to complete the NHS mood self-assessment to help understand your feelings. 

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. Here are some options to help you to manage worries:

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.

Talking therapy and counselling


  • The AccEPT Clinic at the University of Exeter Mood Disorders Centre offers Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for adults living in the Devon area. These groups are for people who have a history of depression but are currently well and wanting to prevent depression returning. You can self-refer to take part.
  • The University Mood Disorders Centre has a variety of evidence-based online mindfulness courses and events for colleagues from all campuses to help build wellbeing and resilience and manage stress. Staff and PGRs from all campuses are very welcome to join in. No experience necessary.
  • The University’s Staff Life Programme runs lunchtime mindful meditation sessions. Staff and PGRs from all campuses are very welcome to join in. No experience necessary.

Training and webinars

Other resources

Financial worries

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.

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. The following options are available to you at the University:


Relationship problems

Mental health and wellbeing at work

Occupational Health

The Occupational Health team can provide you with confidential support to manage work-related problems, including:  

  • Managing health problems caused by work e.g. stress, aches and pains  
  • Making adjustments to your work to help manage a health condition 
  • Finding health support to suit you 
  • Helping managers to support employees.

 For further information, please visit the Occupational Health web pages or email 

Other resources

The Managing Mental Health and Stress Standard sets out processes for managing stress at the University and links to relevant resources and support.

Risk Assessments can be useful tools to identify and address issues that may be causing stress at work on both an individual and team level. You can access risk assessment templates and instructions on the Occupational Health web pages.

Spectrum Life offers confidential counselling and career guidance.


Domestic abuse support

The University of Exeter has a longstanding commitment to promoting equality, diversity and inclusivity. We believe that the diversity of our community is an essential part of our values and enriches employment, research, studying and learning experiences. We are continuing to take active steps to develop an environment which promotes equality of opportunity and values diversity for staff and students. Everyone in the University community should be treated with dignity and respect as outlined in our Dignity and respect policy. We have developed a Positive Work Environment agenda which supports our University values, to ensure that the health and wellbeing of all staff is supported so that the University continues to be a great place to work.

A range of services have been put into place to help colleagues, this includes support in situations of domestic abuse.

Find out more on domestic abuse support webpage.

Contact us

The Occupational Health team can provide you with confidential advice to manage work related problems and help you to find the right wellbeing support for you.

If you have feedback or questions about these web pages, please email the Wellbeing Team at


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