Exam results: Don’t despair, call us, say the Childline experts

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With GCSE results to be to be announced tomorrow, ChildLine is offering support to those children who are feeling anxious or worried during this time.

The listening charity is encouraging young people to contact the service by phone or online with any anxieties or worries about exam results, either before or after they receive their results.

Childline supervisor Belinda Hollows said: “Although many young people will be enjoying the break from school, we understand that many young people’s minds will be on their exam results.”

“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.”

Parents, family and trusted adults can help young people who may be worrying by making space and time to ask them how they are feeling about their exam results and talking to them about their concerns.

ChildLine has the following top tips for young people who are feeling stressed about their results, or if they don’t get the results they had hoped for:

> Tell someone how you are feeling – a parent, carer, friend or teacher. Or if you want to speak to someone anonymously you can contact ChildLine in confidence.

> Look at the options that are available to you such as re-sitting, going to another university or college or changing to a similar course.

> If you are able to re-sit, think about what you would do differently – you may need more help with revision or there might be one area that you need to concentrate more on.

> Don’t think that your whole future will be determined by your exam results - it’s not. There are lots of things out there for you to do and gain experience in. Speak to your guidance councillor or even a career advisor about the options available to you.

There is also lots of help, advice and fun things to do on the ‘Beat exam stress’ section of the ChildLine website by visiting http://www.childline.org.uk/explore/schoolcollege/pages/examresults.aspx

Young people can write on message boards where they can talk to other young people waiting for results and offer support to each other. They can also use the creative tools to express their feelings and watch videos.

The helpline is also available to anyone who wants to speak to a counsellor about their results on 0800 1111.