As GCSE results day approaches, the NHS in Leeds is reminding young people that mental health support is available across the city.
This year, the coronavirus pandemic has brought more uncertainty than ever for students. With no exams held this summer, and grades based on teachers’ predictions, anxiety is high among many young people as they wait to receive their GCSE results this week.
NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is encouraging young people in Leeds who feel overwhelmed by exam stress to reach out for support with their emotional wellbeing if they need it – whether they have already received results, or are still waiting. MindMate, the mental health website for young people in Leeds, offers advice and a range of resources for those who are struggling, as well as signposting to services that can help.
Dr Jane Mischenko, Strategic Lead Commissioner for Children and Maternity at NHS Leeds CCG, said:
“It’s normal at the best of times to feel worried about exam results, and we know that many students will be finding it particularly difficult this year. In Leeds, we’re lucky to have a range of mental health support and services available and I really encourage young people to access them, if they’re feeling anxious, low, or overwhelmed during this time.
“There are services in Leeds who offer 1-to-1 support via phone or online chat, as well as group work. Information about these services can be found on the MindMate website, as well as lots of useful advice and resources. MindMate also offers advice for parents and carers on supporting their child’s emotional wellbeing, as we know that exam stress can be challenging for the whole family.
“I would also urge young people to speak to someone they trust about how they’re feeling – whether that’s a friend, family member, or teacher. There are lots of options available if you don’t get the outcome you’re hoping for on this results day. It’s important to be kind yourself, to share your feelings and to know that support is available in Leeds if you need it.”
To find out more about mental health services for young people in Leeds, visit www.mindmate.org.uk.
This post is based on a press release issued by NHS Leeds