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Peer support

There are many interlinked communities within the University, and they can be invaluable sources of support for students. They provide a further safe space to discuss thoughts and feelings and interact with others who might face similar challenges.

University of Exeter students are running a Positive Wellbeing peer support group to help support your mental wellbeing. 

The group aims to promote recovery, social inclusion and personal growth. The hope is to support people experiencing low mood, so they can build broader networks of social support, adopt self-care strategies and to realise that they are not suffering alone.

Please see their Instagram page for further details.

This popular group is currently on hold, as more students are needed to help run it. If you would like to get involved in facilitating the group, please email activities@exeterguild.com to express your interest.

A peer support group dedicated to providing support for students with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, offering weekly peer support sessions run by student facilitators.

Support sessions consist of a structured discussion, providing students with the opportunity to share their experiences with OCD and support each other.

More information can be found on the group's Facebook page or Instagram

Peer support sessions for anybody who has difficulties with food and/or body image. Overseen by eating difficulty specialists.

The Fatigue Social Group is open to anyone with a chronic health condition who experiences fatigue and/or pain, whether or not you have a diagnosed condition. It doesn’t matter what year you are in, if you’ve been before or not, everyone is welcome at any point in term.

Come along and meet other students with similar experiences. The group is informal, relaxed and friendly and facilitated by AccessAbility and Wellbeing staff. For face to face sessions we may just chat, play card/board games or do craft. For the online sessions these are likely to have a themed focus with occasional guest facilitators from other departments to share support and advice. We aim for this to be a safe, supportive space but there is no pressure to talk about your experiences or contribute.  You’re welcome to come along, observe or just partake in games and craft.

Reminders will go out via the Fatigue Social Group mailing list every other week, including joining instructions if online, and location details if in person. If you would like to be added to this mailing list, or just have some questions, please email accessability@exeter.ac.uk

If you would like to know more about the group or read some tips on managing fatigue at university read through our Fatigue Group Resource Pack.

Term 2 2023

The group will run fortnightly on Tuesdays 14:00 to 15:00 on the following dates:

Tuesday 16 January (face-to-face)

Tuesday 30 January (online)

Tuesday 13 February (face-to-face)

Tuesday 27 February (online)

Tuesday 12 March (face-to-face)

Tuesday 26 March (face-to-face)

Face-to-face sessions will be in the Neil Cross Room, first floor, Forum Library, Streatham (building 3 on the campus map). Please see the following PDF for directions with photos: Directions to the Neil Cross Room in the Forum Library‌. Links to the Teams online session will be sent out in advance.

The Autism Spectrum Community (ASC) Social Group welcomes any student at the University of Exeter who identifies with autism spectrum conditions, or believes they would benefit from being involved.

The social group is facilitated by two of our AccessAbility Advisors, Sasa Donovan (who is also an ASC Specialist Mentor) and Ellen Gibbins, who help to run activities and support those who may feel anxious or apprehensive about taking part. Activities can involve playing board games or card games, working on a jigsaw puzzle, or doing crafts such as origami or colouring. You do not have to participate in activities if you'd prefer not to. 

It doesn’t matter when you get involved in the year; you are welcome any time, and some students come a few times a term whilst others come to every group. You’re able to attend at any point in the session too, whether you just want to join for 10 minutes or stay throughout.

If you have any questions, please email accessability@exeter.ac.uk. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for weekly reminder emails, please request this via email and we can add you. 

Dates and location (Term 2, 2023/24)

Dates: Weekly, every Wednesday from 10th January to 27th March.

Time: 14:00 - 15:45 

Location for 2023/24: Neil Cross Room, first floor of the Forum Library in the Forum Building, Streatham Campus (building 3 on the campus map). Please see the following PDF for directions with photos: Directions to the Neil Cross Room in the Forum Library

Nightline is a confidential listening and information service run by Exeter students, for Exeter students. An instant messaging service all over the world is available on their website. Their number is on the back of your student card.

The service is available during term-time:

  • Wednesday to Saturday, 20:00 - 08:00 (phone and IM service)
  • Sunday, 20:00 - 01:00 (IM service only)