"The therapists I have seen at Talkworks have been so helpful and I feel like a new person after having visited them. It took a while to come to a mutual understanding of my problems but after we did I felt that every session was beneficial and was really helping my mental health. After using Talkworks I'm now in a place I thought I'd never be and doing things I thought I'd never be able to do."
Service user, March 2020
Wellbeing Services work closely with TALKWORKS, a free and confidential talking therapy service provided by Devon Partnership NHS Trust. Here, Ami, who will be on our campuses through Freshers' Week 2021 meeting new students, takes you through some of the challenges you might face when you transition to university.
The TALKWORKS team offer support for mental health difficulties including depression and anxiety. They can share tools and techniques to improve your mental and physical wellbeing.
You do not need a referral from your doctor to access this support, but you do need to be in the local Devon area for your assessment and registered with a Devon-based GP/doctor’s surgery; lots of students register with the Student Health Centre on Streatham campus or with a GP close to their accommodation.
If you would prefer to remain registered with your GP in your home town, you can search for alternative NHS psychological therapies services here.
TALKWORKS can help if:
- you feel low or anxious
- the way you are feeling is affecting your daily life
- you feel overwhelmed by your thoughts and feelings
- you are struggling to cope
How to book an appointment
To find out more and request an appointment online please visit the TALKWORKS website:
Where will my appointment take place?
Following national COVID-19 guidance, TALKWORKS currently offer initial assessment appointments and follow up sessions on the telephone or through video consultations.
Under normal circumstances, appointments are offered at a variety of locations across Devon. These can include Streatham Campus or Compass House, which is located opposite our St Luke’s campus.
Wherever you access support, remember that Wellbeing Services are here for you and specifically set up to help you as an Exeter student.
You can book a Telephone Referral Appointment (TRA) with us for a relaxed 15 minute conversation with a practitioner where you can outline your circumstances and discuss next best steps, quickly and easily.
Remember, you are welcome to access support from Wellbeing Services and TALKWORKS simultaneously.