Exam stress causing surge in ChildLine use

Exam season is nigh, and that means tensions will be rising high in households containing teenagers for the next couple of months. A charity has revealed the rise in these tensions over the last few years.

The number of young people in Britain who seek counselling to deal with exam stress has risen by a huge amount over the last few years with a 200 per cent rise.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) have run their ChildLine service since the 1980s, but use of it by young people suffering exam stress has risen. Last year saw record numbers of students using it on the run up to exams.

The academic year 2013-14 saw ChildLine receive more than 34,000 calls or emails regarding school and education, putting it in the top 10 of the most common reasons for people to use the helpline.

When school and education was on the top concern for the young people calling the charity helpline, over half of the counselling sessions that occurred as a consequence of those calls were for exam stress, which was an increase in number of 200% compared to the previous academic year, 2012-2013.

Passing exams is difficult, especially when children are pressured by their parents, family and teachers to do well. Children as young as 10 have been found to display stress and anxiety symptoms over exams. Many adults across the globe are struggling with stress management. If we are failing to cope, then it is unsurprising that our children are too.

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