Wellbeing Groups

Wellbeing Services offer a range of groups and courses to support students during their time at the University of Exeter. Our groups cover a range of topics related to student wellbeing. Please see more information on our groups below and how you can attend them.

For some of the groups and courses, you will be offered an orientation session which allows you to meet the practitioner in person beforehand and get a greater understanding of what to expect from the group.

Groups

Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time, however for some it can start to become an ongoing problem. This course consists of 3 two hour sessions which aim is to give you more information about anxiety and provide useful techniques that you can use throughout life to reduce feelings of anxiety. All of the techniques are based on the principals of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Please be aware that you will need to be referred by a member of the Wellbeing Services team to attend this course. Please book a Telephone Referral Appointment if you believe this course would benefit you.

Term One, 2019 dates:

The Anxiety Management Group will run in Reed Mews Wellbeing Centre, which is building 15 on the campus map.

  • Group one: Wednesday 23rd October, Wednesday 30th October, and Wednesday 6th November from 10:30 - 12:30
  • Group two: Thursday 21st November, Thursday 28thNoember and Thursday 5th December from 14:30 - 16:30

Each session builds on the previous one, therefore we ask for attendance to all three sessions to complete the group.

The Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) Group welcomes any student at the University of Exeter who identifies with autism spectrum conditions (such as Asperger’s syndrome) or believes they would benefit from being involved. The  social group is facilitated by two AccessAbility mentors, Lindy and Sasa, who attend each social helping to run activities and support those who may feel anxious or apprehensive about taking part.

It doesn’t matter when you get involved in the year, you’re welcome any time. 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 pop in for 10 minutes or stay throughout. It’s totally up to you. The group runs over lunch time and you’re welcome to bring along your own lunch or snacks.

We always welcome student ideas and input but typical activities for the group include:

  • Board games, cards or crafts
  • Getting to know other students and chatting about different topics
  • Organised trips for students to go out e.g. bowling, cinema.

When:

  • Time: Wednesdays from 12:30 - 14:00
  • Dates for Term One, 2019: 18th September, 25th September, 2nd October, 9th October, 16th October, 23rd October, 30th October, 6th November, 13th November, 20th November, 27th November, 4th December, 11th December

Where:

  • Queen's MR1, Queen's Building, Queen's Drive

What do the students think?

‘I’d encourage everyone who has difficulty overcoming social anxiety to come to these events for some light hearted games and interactions with others who have similar problems.’

‘An excellent, welcoming and laid-back group with no pressure and complete mutual understanding’

Interested?

If you are interested in finding out more about the group or have any questions, please email accessability@exeter.ac.uk. We will happily share more information and welcome students to join at any point.

AccessAbility are running a group for students who experience fatigue; students do not need to have a formal diagnosis of a specific condition and we welcome anyone who feels they would benefit from meeting other students who have similar experiences.

When: Alternate Wednesdays from 13:00 - 14:30

Dates for term 1, 2019/20: 18th September, 2nd October, 16th October, 30th October, 13th November, 27th November, 11th December

Where: Queen's room D, ground floor, Queen's Building (building 11 on the campus map)

Please contact AccessAbility@exeter.ac.uk for more information.

Courses

Mindfulness is a well-researched, non-religious and effective means of alleviating stress, anxiety and depression, and promoting wellbeing. This practical course was designed with the needs of students in mind at Oxford University by Professor Mark Williams, one of the original developers of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). It primarily aims to teach people skills when they are feeling fairly well, which can help with stepping out of the unhelpful thinking patterns that may lead to worsening mood and increasing stress levels. During the course we will be learning a range of practices which help to develop a greater awareness of present moment experience, a sense of acceptance and kindness towards ourselves.

For more information on how mindfulness can help alleviate stress, please see this short video clip of Professor Mark Williams speaking:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soA6kzxeKj0

Feedback from students who have previously attended this course:

  • “I feel that this course has helped me develop coping strategies for my anxiety…I really enjoyed the course.”
  • “I think that 90 minute sessions each week were very beneficial and I liked following the course in a group setting. I felt that each week built upon one another well.”
  • “Very friendly, practical”
  • “Calmed my mind”

Term One, 2019:

  • Dates and times: Every Tuesday from Tuesday 15th October to Tuesday 3rd December (8 weeks) from 10:00 - 11:30
  • Location: These sessions will take place in Reed Mews Wellbeing Centre (building 15 on the campus map)

Each session builds on the previous one, therefore we ask for attendance to all sessions to complete the group.

How to book a place

Please book a place by following the link below:

https://mycareerzone.exeter.ac.uk/students/events/Detail/662324

When you book onto this course a place will be reserved for you. Shortly before the course you will be invited to a 45 minute one-to-one session with the practitioner facilitating the course to ensure that it is the right time for you to attend it. If it is not for any reason then alternative support will be identified for you if needed.

Compassion is “sensitivity to the suffering of self and others, with a deep commitment to try to relieve it”. Developing compassion involves acknowledging that we all face difficult situations at times and accepting any mistakes we may have made. If we can support ourselves through these challenges, with kindness, we are likely to feel better.

When depressed or anxious, it is very common to focus on what we see as our own shortcomings. We can become very self-critical and expect criticism and rejection from others. This can lead to many strong negative emotions such as anxiety, sadness and shame. If we’ve had experiences of being criticised or under threat from others, and few experiences of feeling protected or soothed by others, it can be really hard to know how to soothe ourselves. Developing self-compassion and our ability to soothe ourselves can help to manage distress and difficult feelings. It can also increase positive feelings of acceptance, contentment, and kindness, which are crucial for our wellbeing.

In this 6 week course we will be learning ways to soothe ourselves to manage distress and emotions such as anger, fear, disgust and shame. Compassion is something that we can develop to help us become more nurturing in our relationships to ourselves and others.

For more information on why it’s important to become more compassionate, please see this short video clip of Professor Paul Gilbert, the developer of Compassion Focussed Therapy, being interviewed:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kF7FRy0_xs

Feedback from students who have previously attended this course:

  •  “I remember how low I was before and how thinly I was stretching myself just to feel adequate. It’s wonderful to have moments now where I can just lie on my bed listening to music and be completely content.”
  • “I feel I have improved greatly in the last few weeks thanks to the techniques taught and the open encouraging atmosphere nurtured by practitioners and attendees.”
  • “I feel more self-accepting and happy.”

Next dates:

  • Term One, 2019: Every Friday from Friday 8th November to Friday 13th December (6 weeks) from 10:00 - 12:00.
  • Location: These sessions will take place in Reed Mews Wellbeing Centre (building 15 on the campus map)

Each session builds on the previous one, therefore we ask for attendance to all six sessions to complete the group.

How to book your place

Please book your place by following the link below:

https://mycareerzone.exeter.ac.uk/students/events/Detail/662345

When you book onto this course a place will be reserved for you. Shortly before the course you will be invited to a 45 minute one-to-one session with the practitioner facilitating the course to ensure that it is the right time for you to attend it. If it is not for any reason then alternative support will be identified for you if needed.

Undergraduate students experiencing mental health conditions can participate in an employability course which consist of a series of 4 sessions run by CareerZone and Wellbeing Services, This will offer additional support with managing mental health and wellbeing throughout the whole career decision-making process. The underlying themes of confidence, resilience, dealing with uncertainty and stress management will be discussed in relation to Employability throughout the sessions. All students will have the opportunity to work on a one to one basis with the CareerZone at the end of the course to expand and develop key themes to support employability.

The sessions consist of four 1.5 hour sessions covering the following topics: 

  • Session 1 - Where Can Your Course Lead? (includes making career decisions, exploring values, and managing stress)
  • Session 2 - What Job/Sector Would Suit Me? (includes exploring skills and strengths, the influence of our thinking on the job search)
  • Session 3 - Exploring Jobs and Opportunities (includes how to find out about jobs, disclosure, and support on the workplace)
  • Session 4 - How to Prepare for the Recruitment Process (includes how to prepare and market yourself, job interviews, and managing stress)

We ask that students attend all sessions if possible as they build on each other.

Times, dates and locations for Term One, 2019

All sessions below run from 14:00 - 15:30.

  • Session 1: Wednesday 6th November, Seminar Room 1, The Forum 
  • Session 2: Wednesday 13th November, Seminar Room 12, The Forum 
  • Session 3: Wednesday 20th November, Seminar Room 12,  The Forum  
  • Session 4: Wednesday 27th November, Seminar Room 12, The Forum  

How to book a place

Please book your place by following the link:

https://mycareerzone.exeter.ac.uk/students/events/Detail/666822

When you book onto this course a place will be reserved for you for all four sessions. Shortly before the course you will be invited to a one-to-one session with the practitioner facilitating the course to discuss the course in a bit more detail.