ChildLine and exams

AS TEENAGERS consider their exam results, a leading helpline service for young people is offering support.

ChildLine is encouraging young people in Scotland to contact the service by phone or online with anxieties or worries about results.

Elaine Chalmers, head of ChildLine in Scotland, said: “Lots of people are enjoying the holidays or the Olympics, but many young peoples’ minds will be dwelling on exam results.

“We hear from lots of young people each year who are anxious, worried or panicking about their results. We want them to know they are not alone and that ChildLine is here to listen.”

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

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

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 ChildLine website – 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 and talk to a counsellor via private messaging.

The helpline is available on 0800 1111.