The local NHS in Birmingham and Solihull is urging students getting their exam results today to get in touch with the free, 24/7 mental health support service, if they are feeling worried or stressed.
Students find out their results today, with GCSE results to follow, so it’s a stressful time for the area’s young people. The mental health support line runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week and the hope is that students will turn to the helpline if they need to talk to someone.
“This helpline is especially important when big life events happen, like finding out your A level results,” says Dr Angela Brady, a local GP and Deputy Chief Medical Officer at NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG. “The helpline means anyone facing a problem can get easily accessible support with common issues such as stress, sadness, disrupted sleep and anxiety.”
The support line offers free, confidential emotional help, guidance and reassurance to people of all ages and backgrounds, who may find themselves feeling overwhelmed.
It hasn’t been an easy journey due to the impact of COVID-19 on education. Schools and colleges were forced to close when lockdown began in the UK back in March, with only schools allowed to open to certain pupils.
Shortly after, it was announced that the summer exams for both GCSE and A level pupils would be cancelled, and instead of the usual exams, students' grades were based on predicted outcomes.
It’s important that anyone worried about their exam results does not suffer in silence and even though they may feel isolated, they are not alone. Help is there and it is just a phone call away.
To access the service, simply call 0121 262 3555 any day or time - we’re here to help.