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Exam stress: help and support

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After the NSPCC announced thousands of young people are turning to them for help with "crippling" exam pressure, support and advice has been issued for students and parents.

Pupils have consistently been saying the stress is adding to depression, anxiety, panic attacks, excessive crying, low self-esteem, self-harming and suicidal thoughts.

The NSPCC has given out this advice for people taking exams:

  • Make sure you take regular breaks from revising and do some exercise
  • Go to bed at a reasonable time and try and get some sleep
  • Try to think positively - even if you don't feel like it, a positive attitude will help you during your revision
  • Remember that everyone's different - try not to compare yourself to your friends

Parents and carers are also being offered ways to support youngsters through this stressful time:

  • Don't place unnecessary pressure on your children to gain certain grades
  • Encourage children to take regular breaks, eat snacks and exercise
  • Help them revise by leaving them the space and time to do so
  • Be supportive and help alleviate their worries by talking to them

Children and young people can contact Childline for free, confidential support and advice, 24 hours a day on 0800 1111.