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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.

  • The University Chaplaincy and Staff Wellbeing teams are working together to begin a “Colleague Grief and Bereavement Group”, to provide a safe space for colleagues experiencing grief to meet with others who have also lost a loved one. The group will likely be used to offer a combination of talking/ listening support and practical/ reflective activities. This group will be open to all staff regardless of your worldview or religious faith. Further details to follow once a date for the fist session has been set. 
  • Spectrum Life offers confidential counselling and a 24/7 freephone line with a mental health professional providing in the moment support.
  • It could help to contact a support organisation such as Cruse Bereavement Care.
  • If your grief is impacting on your work and/or health, it can help to talk to your manager who can refer you to Occupational Health for support. Alternatively, you can make a self-referral direct to the Occupational Health Team.

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.

As you may be aware, we are launching a small-scale staff pilot to trial Sleepio, a fully-automated, evidence based, digital CBT programme for Insomnia, provided by Big Health. The programme is evidenced to tackle thoughts and behaviours that contribute to poor sleep and was founded by Professor Colin Espie (sleep medicine specialist at the University of Oxford). The first stage of the Sleepio pilot will be limited to 40 participants but if we receive positive feedback from this initial pilot, Sleepio may be offered to all staff in the future.

The programme itself takes place as 20-minute sessions delivered weekly across six weeks, the sessions are automated but are tailored to you based on your sleep information provided to the programme. You will also have access to a range of sleep guides written by clinical experts and a community site where you can interact with fellow Sleepio users and ask questions to experts in the field.

To express interest in this pilot please email Emily Rutter before 5pm on Friday 20th August 2021 and we will send you a questionnaire where you will be asked a few questions about your current sleep habits. We'll use the results of the questionnaire to prioritise whom we give access to the initial trial, as places are limited. The programme works best when individuals can commit to taking the time to learn and practice the techniques each day.

To check if the programme is right for you we’d recommend visiting this page where you will find more information on who Sleepio is suitable for and you can also complete this short quiz to determine your Sleep Condition Indicator score, the total score ranges from 0 to 32, with higher scores indicative of better sleep.

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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