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BAME Counselling Support

Following recent discussions with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students, Wellbeing Services are introducing a new telephone counselling service for our BAME community. The service is available from Nilaari, a culturally appropriate counselling service based in Bristol who provide help and support for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people. Their counsellors are trained and qualified in the same way as our own Wellbeing staff.

As with many mental health services in this current environment, please be aware that there may be a waiting time for your support with Nilaari depending on demand at the time you access the service. We have put together a short list of groups and services under Other Resources below that may be of help to you while you wait. You can also request counselling with a BAME practitioner from Togetherall upon referral from Wellbeing Services. Referral can be discussed by booking a Telephone Referral Appointment (TRA) with Wellbeing; please follow the instructions under question 2 on our Make an Appointment page to book a TRA, or call us on 01392 724381.
 

Thisservice will continue to be reviewed over the forthcoming term, so any feedback from students who access support from Nilaari would be much appreciated. If you would like to provide feedback, please email wellbeing@exeter.ac.uk.

Nilaari offer a range of therapies for BAME people experiencing:

  • stress and worry
  • general anxiety and depression
  • low self-esteem and low confidence

You can receive up to six free counselling sessions as agreed with your counsellor.

Please contact Nilaari directly to organise your support; you do not need a referral from Wellbeing Services. You will need to provide Nilaari with your student number and University email address when you get in touch with them:

Click here to contact Nilaari

You can receive up to six free counselling sessions as agreed with your counsellor. 

Nilaari is currently offering all counselling over the telephone due to Coronavirus.

Wellbeing Services staff meet regularly with Nilaari to ensure a joined up approach to student support. Both Nilaari and Wellbeing Services are committed to your privacy and confidentiality.
 
Please see a link to the Wellbeing Services confidentiality statement here, and if you have any further questions please do get in touch at wellbeing@exeter.ac.uk.

Please see our Wellbeing Services summary leaflet for information on the full range of support we have to offer, including urgent supportILP appointments for disability support or DSA-funded mentoring. If you are unsure which team to contact, please ring us on 01392 724381 or email us at wellbeing@exeter.ac.uk and we will be happy to help.

BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) society is a new Guild society at Exeter aiming to promote the inclusivity and the well-being of minority students. While cultural societies exist, BIPOC students new to the university often feel a culture shock and a lack of a platform to discuss issues they may face as people from ethnic minorities.

This society will take a grass-roots approach to providing a space for students to feel welcome on a campus that is often very different to home. Emphasizing well-being and providing a safe-space for BIPOC students, we will be furthering dialogue on topics relating to the BIPOC experience, through education, activities and socials. We welcome students of all backgrounds who share our concerns regarding diversity and prejudice, and what we can do to combat its implications on the student body.

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The Black, African & Asian Therapy network has a list of free services available throughout the UK which offer counselling specifically set up to serve the BAME community. Many of these services encourage you to self-refer but if you are unsure your GP/doctor can signpost or assist you with a referral.

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BEAT Eating Disorders charity have collated research and videos to tackle perceptions & media stereotypes around eating disorders, and to show that diverse communities are just as affected.

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Aspire2inspire Dyslexia have a series of podcasts aimed at the BAME community about dyslexia, and aim to raise awareness within the local community of Dyslexia and several other learning difficulties. 

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You can request online counselling with a BAME practitioner from Togetherall upon referral from Wellbeing Services. Referral can be discussed by booking a Telephone Referral Appointment (TRA) with Wellbeing; please follow the instructions under question 2 on our Make an Appointment page to book a TRA, or call us on 01392 724381.