With exams just around the corner, we're highlighting the issue of exam stress for young people.

We work in schools across Tyne and Wear providing counselling for young people with mental health issues and the charity has seen an increase in demand for support around exam stress.

In the first few months of 2018, we provided 816 counselling sessions to 142 young people in over 40 different community venues and schools, with exam stress highlighted as a big issue alongside anxiety and isolation.

We generate funding from a variety of sources to be able to offer counselling to young people including support received from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Newcastle and Gateshead CCG and schools funding counselling sessions for their students.

Debbie Rodham, one of our Counselling Co-ordinators, said: “Young people face a lot of pressure around exam time.  Expectations to receive certain results, peer pressure and worries about what to do next all add to existing pressures young people are already under.”

In response to rising demand for exam stress support, we've produced a 5-minute video that includes some hints and tips on coping with exam stress.  The video also includes information about stress and its effects on both physical and mental health.

The video is part of a series of advice sections now available on the Advice for Young People section of our website.