With exam results just a few days away, stress levels are probably rising in many households. NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is reminding young people and their families that support is available.
Anxiety, self-doubt, panic and fear about the future are just some of the feelings that young people may go through in the next few days as they await A-level results on 15 August 2019 and GCSE results on 22 August 2019.
Dr Ian Sykes, Chair at NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG, said:
"As a father I know the build-up to exam results day can be extremely stressful as young people think the worst and worry about what the future holds. We are encouraging young people who are feeling anxious about their exam results to seek the help that is available. The best thing to do is talk to someone. It may not be possible to change the outcome of the exam results, but it is possible to take steps to reduce the amount of anxiety or stress that is being experienced.
“It’s perfectly natural for young people who are expecting GCSE or A-Level results soon to worry or even to feel anxious. Exams are stressful but bottling up stress can make it worse, so it’s important to talk to a family member, friend or a professional. There are also plenty of opportunities available online to access the support and advice young people need to feel better.
Childline is offering help at this stressful time and will confidentially talk to anyone up to the age of 19 by calling 0800 1111. Visit the Childline website for advice on coping with exam results at https://bit.ly/2bpWj4m, or benefit from Young Minds help and support at https://bit.ly/2Hgzn6M.
Gcsepod provides online support and advice on the options available to young people following their results and there is also an online video on how best to cope with GCSE results. Visit https://bit.ly/2Z8JrVS or watch the video here: https://bit.ly/2LD81eD.
For A-Level results, UCAS provides tips on how the process works and what to expect as well as information on where you can go for advices and support. Visit https://bit.ly/2u7NtiZ
AQA also provide information on what to expect on results day and where to go for advice and guidance. Visit https://bit.ly/2O8w2Hv.