NHS highlights exam result anxieties

By Barrie Hudson - 19 August 2022


Family and friends of young people receiving important exam results are being urged to offer a listening ear.

The NHS Integrated Care Board covering Swindon says doing so can relieve a great deal of stress.

The appeal comes as thousands of young people across the region react to their A-Level results and thousands more prepare to receive their GCSE results.

Local NHS chiefs say the exam results season can be a worrying time for many, especially when coupled with the prospect of going to university or college, or seeking full-time employment for the first time.

Gill May, Chief Nurse, Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Integrated Care Board, said: “Mental health is every bit as important as physical health, and it can really take a hit at this time of year.

“While there are, of course, lots of fantastic resources available to help those feeling stressed or under pressure, family and friends have the power to offer unrivalled support by simply asking a young person how they are feeling.

“The last few years have shown us the immense power that human contact has, and how even the smallest interactions can completely lift a person’s mood and improve their mental health.

“As a parent, I know just how tricky exam result season can be, but, as a clinician, I know that stress, anxiety and worry can be eased massively through something as simple as a conversation or a walk in the fresh air.”

Tailored mental health support for both young people and their parents can be found via the Young Minds website.

The site offers bespoke information on a range of topics including different types of mental health conditions, the symptoms to look out for, how to be there for someone who is feeling stressed or anxious and where to go for additional support.

Conversations around possible next steps following school or college, especially if a young person’s planned first choice route is no longer available, can also help to relieve worry and tension.

Detailed information on what do after receiving exam results is available from a number of sources, including the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Childline and the Government’s National Careers Service.

The Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Integrated Care Board website has an up-to-date directory of all local mental health services, including those which offer help over the phone or in-person without the need for an appointment.

Further information can be found at www.bsw.icb.nhs.uk


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