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PAPYRUS reports rise in students seeking help with exam stress

15th May 2017

Fulfilling the current government’s pledge of support is vital to young mental health

PAPYRUS the national charity dedicated to preventing young suicides reports a dramatic increase in the number of students seeking help with serious stress over exams.

 As exams loom closer, there is always an increase in young people seeking help with suicidal thoughts at this time of year, but the charity is receiving many more contacts from students struggling at school or college. One concern that is prevalent this year is fear of the future: fear that if they don’t pass the first time or get good grades it will impact their chances of getting a job, says the charity.

 For example: “I worry about things I haven’t revised for”; “I want to kill myself, I get worried about exams”; “I just give up on my future now”; “I don’t see a reason for living when I have no future”;

“Today I had an exam: I didn’t even try, it’s all too much, I won’t get a job”; “I’m scared for my exams and my future”; “I’m not revising because if I get a good grade I’ll get accused of cheating, so why bother”.

 Self-care and not bottling exam anxieties are at the heart of effective exam preparation, says PAPYRUS.  Young people should not feel guilty to take time to relax. Activities such as eating healthily and keeping hydrated, taking a break at regular intervals, going for a run or walk, or reading a novel help our minds to relax.

This week PAPYRUS launched its colouring book, The Art of a Peaceful Mind, comprising illustrations donated by young artists promoting self-care. We all need calming activities at stressful times in our lives.

 “In the UK suicide the main cause of death of young people under 35, both male and female,” emphasised Ged Flynn, chief executive of PAPYRUS. “It is therefore critical that, whatever the outcome of the forthcoming election, the incoming government recognises that this is a very serious issue, and honours the recent pledge made by the Prime Minister to increase support to mental services for young people. It is vital to the future of our country.”

Visit https://www.papyrus-uk.org/help-advice/coping-with-exam-stress for tips about exam stress.

For confidential, practical suicide support and advice for young people and concerned others contact PAPYRUS HOPELineUK tel 0800 068 41 41 text 07786 209 697 email pat@papyrus-uk.org

Editorial contact for more information Rosemary Vaux PAPYRUS Press Office tel 020 8943 5343 mobile 07792 72 62 41 pressoffice@papyrus-uk.org

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