We are nearing that time of year when the nerves really are kicking in, mostly because of the huge changes and choices that are about to fall on to all of those in education that go hand in hand with results day. and transitions, such as moving to secondary school, finding an identity in a new environment, choosing which university/college to attend, or simply developing and growing. The anticipation alone is enough to stress out the calmest of people.
Recent studies have confirmed that a huge segment of students in the UK is actually reported to have mental well-being concerns, such as anxiety, stress, and depression, with the vast majority of these concerns leading on from the high-pressure stemming from the need to succeed in education and exams.
More and more pressure is being placed on students to succeed in education, with fewer fallbacks being in place to help those that do not do well, and a declining economy and job market suggesting that without qualifications, it will be increasingly difficult to find work. There are, however, some actions and warning signs that can be observed by not only parents but teachers and peers as well.
Some signs to watch out for include:
- worrying a lot
- feeling tense
- getting lots of headaches and stomach pains
- not sleeping well
- being irritable
- losing interest in food or eating more than normal
- not enjoying activities they previously enjoyed
- seeming negative and low in their mood
- seeming hopeless about the future
By being able to recognise the symptoms parents/carers, teachers and peers can offer support to access services or simply by listening. It is important to keep as much pressure off those in education as possible, even just by talking through these issues and seeing how the person feels, going as far as ensuring they are getting enough sleep and are eating well. It is up to all of us to try and make the situation less anxiety provoking, and reassuring those in need.
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