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Students can to turn to ChildLine over exam worries
TEENAGERS gripped with anxiety over exam results are being offered advice and support through ChildLine.
The nationwide service, which provides a network of support to youngsters aged up to 19, can be contacted via phone or online, either before or after results have been received.
Last year, ChildLine’s Liverpool base alone received 288 contacts from children and young people who were feeling the pressure leading up to results day.
ChildLine Area Manager Ann Pulling said: “We hear from lots of young people each year who are worried or panicking about their results, so we want to let them know that they are not alone and that ChildLine is here to listen to them.”
Tips for on how to handle this overwhelming period include sharing any concerns with a trusted parent, carer or teacher.
Examining all available options - such as resitting an exam or changing to a different university or course – is also advised.
ChildLine stresses it is important to remember that exam results do not govern students’ whole future. Guidance counsellors or career advisor can help explore other opportunities.
ChildLine are open 24 hours a day and counsellors can be contacted for free on 0800 1111 or via the website’s online 1-2-1 chat feature.
Alternatively, students can seek advice from others who may be in the same situation by using the website messageboards.
For more information and tips about dealing with exam stress, visit www.childline.org.uk
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