Parents can help with exam stress

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Derry parents have been encouraged to help their kids deal with the stress of exam results.

Madeline Heaney, Regional Lead for Mental Health Promotion with the north’s Public health Agency (PHA) says waiting for exam results can be a very stressful experience, especially if the result is different from the one they had hoped for.

“Young people can feel that their whole world has crashed down around them. It can take some time before they are able to evaluate other opportunities.

“The PHA urges young people and their parents to take time out, pause and think again. Schools, colleges and universities all have services and advice for those who do not get the results they had hoped for, and young people should be encouraged to use these services. It is also important not to neglect the possible impact of disappointing results on mental and emotional wellbeing.”

Parents are urged to offer reassurance, encourage children to keep in touch with friends and help deal with results in a positive manner.

Madeline adds:“Look out for behaviour or feelings that could indicate that your child is showing signs of stress or problems under the surface. More information on looking after your mental health and the support available across Northern Ireland can be found at”

The Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) has set up a dedicated examinations helpline offering advice and guidance for students who are receiving their A-Level and GCSE results – telephone (028) 9026 1260 or email