As hundreds of Hull students begin their GCSE and A Level exams this coming week Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is encouraging them to be aware of the symptoms of anxiety and stress. Students can seek advice through NHS Choices and other sources to help remain calm throughout this stressful period.
Monday 12 May also marks the start of national Mental Health Awareness Week 2014. This is organised by the Mental Health Foundation, and aims to raise awareness of anxiety and help those affected.
Anxiety is one of the biggest causes for mental ill-health in the world, with approximately 1 in every 25 people in the UK affected. The condition causes individuals to feel anxious over a range of situations and unable to relax.
There is a lot of online support available for families to help prepare for exams, look after themselves and ease stress during the exam period.
Students and their families are advised that exam anxiety is likely to disappear once the exam period is over. In the meantime students who are feeling worried can take these important steps:
- Try their best to eat a well-balanced, healthy diet.
- Get between 8 – 10 hours’ sleep a night.
- Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day.
- Make time for treats and relaxation.
Julia Mizon, Director of Commissioning and Partnerships said:
“Exams are a really challenging part of school life, but if young people are physically and mentally well they stand the best chance of achieving their full potential.”
“Parents are reminded to be reassuring and flexible whilst encouraging young people to talk about their worries.”
Milorad Vasic, Director of Children and Family Services at Hull City Council said:
“Exams are a very important part of young people’s lives, from the Key Stage 2 tests through to GCSE and beyond, and pupils work hard in order to do their best. It’s an anxious time for all children and young people, but for some it can be particularly stressful and affect them in significant ways. I’m pleased that this is being recognised and that support is available. I wish everyone success in their upcoming tests and exams.”
If young people are stressed about exams, or anything else, they can also talk to a ChildLine counsellor by calling free on 0800 1111
Notes to Editors:
- Mental Health Awareness Week runs from Monday 12 May – Sunday 18 May 2014. The week is run by the Mental Health Foundation and this year focusses on the theme of anxiety.
- Mental Health Awareness Week has been running for 14 years, covering themes from mental health stigma to the benefits of regular exercise.
- There are a number of organisations available to offer help to people affected by anxiety, including;
- Young Minds are inspiring students to deal positively with school and exam stress. More information is available via their website, and this video: