Feeling exam stress? There’s lots of help and support
If you’re struggling with the way revision and exams are making you feel, there’s lots of free help and support on offer.
There are plenty of websites offering advice about revision timetables and having a good breakfast on exam day, but if you’re worried and it’s making you feel unwell, you might need some emotional wellbeing support.
Youth Councillor Tom Culley, 17, from Broxbourne, said: “It’s normal to feel stressed at exam time, but if you’re getting so anxious it’s making you feel ill, seek support. There are lots of great apps and websites to visit for advice on coping or online counselling or you can talk to someone at Childline any time on 0800 1111.”
Childline recently launched an app to provide counselling to young people in need of help directly through their mobile devices. It’s called 'For Me' and is available as a free download here. It can be discreetly installed on your phone. If someone happens to see your phone or iPad, they can't tell it's a Childline service, and you can lock it with a PIN.
From advice to message boards, you can chat online with one-to-one counselling and get everything you need from Childline in an app. It's quick, easy and you can lock it with a PIN. By downloading the app, you're in control. You can talk whenever - and wherever - you need to. There’s great advice on their website, too.
You can get free online emotional and mental health support, using a website called Kooth.com. Kooth’s counsellors are available until 12noon-10pm from Monday-Friday and 6pm-10pm at the weekend, 365 days a year. Users can also talk to other young people anonymously on the moderated forums whenever they like and keep an online journal.
If you do want some traditional exam tips, YC Hertfordshire has some advice here and the BBC Bitesize pages feature young people who have been through exams giving useful real-life tips on revision and exam day.
And there are some top exam survival tips here: http://bit.ly/1NkIBOx, where they explain that stress is a natural feeling that's designed to help us cope in difficult situations.
- To find all of this advice in one place, visit the Healthy Young Minds in Herts website.
Hertfordshire’s plan to improve emotional wellbeing services for children and young people received £2m national funding. One of the transformation plan’s priorities is to focus on prevention and early intervention, giving children and young people good emotional and wellbeing support. You can read Hertfordshire’s CAMHS Transformation plan, Healthy Young Minds in Herts 2015-20 here