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If you have experienced any form of racial discrimination, we encourage you to reach out for support and guidance. You can report any incidents here.

Multicultural counselling

Multicultural counselling

Following recent discussions with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students, Wellbeing Services have introduced a 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, 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. 

This service continues to be reviewed, so any feedback from students who access support from Nilaari would be much appreciated. If you would like to provide feedback, please email

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.

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


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.
You can read our Wellbeing Services confidentiality statement online, and if you have any further questions please do get in touch at

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 what support is best for you, please ring us on 01392 724381 or email and we will be happy to help.

Students of Colour Association (SCA)

Students of Colour Association (SCA) is a Guild society at Exeter aiming to promote the inclusivity and the well-being of minority students. While cultural societies exist, SCA are the only society which is uniquely dedicated to supporting ethnic minorities from all backgrounds and cultures.

SCA offers a community of familiarity and understanding that allows you to thrive throughout your studies. Diversity, equity and inclusion are rooted in the foundation of the SCA. That means we can ensure all of our community members feel empowered. SCA welcomes students from all backgrounds who share our concerns about prejudice, the lack of diversity and what we can do to combat their effects on the student body.

Multicultural Students Society

The Multicultural Students Society provides a support network for students who identify with multiple cultures.

The Society is a space to discuss any experiences and issues, with open-minded peers from similar backgrounds.

Black, African and Asian therapy network

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.

BEAT Eating Disorders

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.

Aspire2inspire Dyslexia

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. 


You can request online counselling with a BAME practitioner from Togetherall upon referral from Wellbeing Services. Referral can be discussed by booking an appointment with a Wellbeing advisor; alternatively call us on 01392 724381.