Our #NoStressSuccess Sussex campaign to help teenagers look after their mental health during exams launched today to coincide with the start of this year’s GCSEs and Mental Health Awareness Week (14-18 May), which this year is focusing on stress.
The region’s YMCA and MET College agreed to join forces as campaign partners to support teens and their families this summer after data gathered by YMCA Right Here, a health and wellbeing project that delivers Exam Stress Workshops in Sussex secondary schools, showed workshop requests from schools have increased by 40% over the past three years. And the number of students asking for post-workshop support has tripled in the same period.
Designed to help teens keep their stress levels down and their minds open to what success can look like after they leave secondary school, the campaign includes an online ‘Study Stress Survival Guide’ and video and blog stories from 17-19 year-old ‘exam survivors’, offering this summer’s GCSE candidates personal perspectives on coping with exams and how being ‘successful’ after school isn’t all about what GCSE grades you get.
Read more about the campaign and watch a BBC TV news report here.