Young seek aid on exam stress

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views -

THOU­SANDS of chil­dren and teenagers are seek­ing help from Child­line as they strug­gle to cope with the pres­sure of ex­ams.

But one in four calls are go­ing unan­swered ow­ing to a lack of fund­ing, Chil­dine has warned.

New fig­ures from the NSPCC-run ser­vice re­veal it de­liv­ered 3,135 coun­selling ses­sions on exam stress in 2017-18 – and just over a fifth took place in May.

Eighty-five of these ses­sions were iden­ti­fied as hav­ing been car­ried out with chil­dren and young peo­ple from Wales, but the true fig­ure is likely to be higher with many na­tion­al­i­ties not con­firmed. Half of the ses­sions were with young peo­ple aged 1215.

Young peo­ple con­tact­ing Child­line said the prospect of tak­ing ex­ams was hav­ing an ad­verse ef­fect on their men­tal health.

Child­line warned its coun­sel­lors are only able to re­spond to three out of four chil­dren and teenagers who seek their help.

The NSPCC’s Are You There? cam­paign is call­ing for more gov­ern­ment fund­ing for the ser­vice.

Chil­dren and young peo­ple can con­tact Child­line 24 hours a day for free, con­fi­den­tial sup­port and ad­vice on 0800 1111 or at www. child­line.org.uk

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