“The last time I cried was over the stress of year 12 exams. I was doing a project worth a big chunk of my final marks. I was worried that I would not perform as well as the rest of my classmates, and started to feel overwhelmed, worried and anxious. I cried a lot – at school and home – as I had dedicated so much time and effort into this project, but thought the examiners would not be satisfied. At times, I feel like school stresses people out to a point where it’s unhealthy and unnecessary. I made sure to consult family members, who comforted me, and I realised that they will be proud of my achievements no matter what.” – Patrick, 18.