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Education and mental health

Studying, exams and school life in general can be tough at the best of times. Now we’re having to get our heads round online study, changes with exams and being isolated from friends. Things that usually help us cope might not be in our reach.

Lockdown can leave you feeling stressed, anxious or really low and hopeless. You might be worried about how the exams will be decided or when you’ll get to see your friends properly again.

We’ve found some things below to help you keep going, or to know how to get support if you need it.

Need urgent help?

If you are feeling suicidal or in a crisis and feel like you can’t cope, speak to somebody straight away. If possible, make sure you’re not on your own. There are services open which you can talk to.

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How to de-stress

How to get on top of things when your stress pot is overflowing…

Top tips for de-stressing

How are you feeling?

Specific advice on a range of issues including

… feeling really stressed or worried, feeling very low and feeling like hurting yourself

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Coping with lockdown and the pandemic

Looking after your physical and mental health is more important than ever right now

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MindMate podcast

Listen to young people discussing the challenges of online study and other topics.

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Exam time real stories

A short MindMate film featuring year 11 students in Leeds talking about the impact of exams.

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It’s normal to feel lonely during this time because we can’t see our friends like we used to.  You may feel stressed, concerned or worried about your education. If you’re looking to chat with others, visit for live forums and discussion boards, as well as chatting to friendly counsellors and online team.

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Find local support

Support services for young people are still running during lockdown and information on MindMate is updated regularly

Find out what support is available