Stress and how to deal with it. New video
Young people from St Benedict's school have made a short film. They want to show young people that it is normal to feel pressure around exams, and that there is help available to young people struggling with exam stress like The Source website and the confidential ChatHealth service.
Students worked with the Young People's Health Ambassador to come up with an idea for a video project. They highlighted important issues such as the level of stress and pressures on students to perform well in their exams/ in class, and how young people can feel this pressure not only from school itself, but from their parents. The students also wanted to focus on how young men’s mental health isn’t spoken about as much, and how there is still stigma around men getting help for mental health problems.
After a few sessions of storming what they wanted to create, the young people decided that they wanted to make a poster and a film to go alongside each other, that could be shown in assemblies, to show young people that it is normal to feel pressure around exams, and what help is available for young people struggling with exam stress. With support, the students wrote a plot and developed a script, that they felt would benefit other young people feeling stressed or worried. The students also wanted the film to highlight practical ideas that young people could use to help them and break down the stigma around mental health and asking for help.
Watch the video on YouTube (Start over - Sam's story)