Children supported as exams take toll on their mental health

Sheffield schools are providing mental health support to pupils who are under pressure with exams.

By Lucy Ashton
Monday, 9th September 2019, 1:28 pm
Updated Tuesday, 10th September 2019, 5:40 pm
Pupils are getting mental health support to cope with exam pressures
Pupils are getting mental health support to cope with exam pressures

Children and young people in primary and secondary schools are being helped with stress, anxiety, panic attacks, low mood and low self confidence.

Liberal Democrat councillor Mohammed Mahroof said he was concerned children were suffering due to the pressure of exams.

He said: “In recent years, the education system has changed with more pressures on students to achieve good exam results. Evidence suggests this causes stress and possible long term mental health issues. What provisions are in place to support students?”

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Coun Abtisam Mohamed, cabinet member for education, says children as young as 11 can get support.

“Through our Local Transformation Plan for children and young people’s mental health, which is delivered jointly with the Clinical Commissioning Group, a number of initiatives are in place.

“Sheffield Children and Mental Health Service has been commissioned to provide the Healthy Minds framework in all primary and secondary schools.

“This provides a whole school approach to mental health and supports schools to support the emotional wellbeing of the pupils in a range of areas, including those related to exam pressures. All primary and secondary schools should have received Healthy Minds by June 2021.”

Coun Abtisam said other services available included Door 43, which offers emotional, metal and sexual health support, and online counselling via Kooth.

She added: “We have also commissioned the Door 43 Service which provides emotional wellbeing services for 13-25 year olds and we have commissioned Kooth to provide online support for 11-18 years olds. Any young person can access this through the Kooth website.”