With A-Level and GCSE results being published this week, the NHS in Sussex is encouraging young people to look after their emotional wellbeing – whatever the results may be.
Results days can be a time of stress or anxiety for some young people and so health and care services across Sussex have joined together to promote how to get help and support if it’s needed.
Sussex Heath and Care Partnership, which represents health and care services across Sussex, has produced toolkits for young people, parents and professionals. These give top tips on how to look after mental wellbeing with links to helpful resources and tools.
They were sent to schools across Sussex to be shared with parents and young people as well as to GPs, community groups, and organisations who are working with young people.
Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has also developed some useful ‘Recipes 4 Wellbeing’ cards that might help parents and carers support a young person experiencing difficulties with their mental wellbeing. These easy-to-read guides provide help and advice, what to look out for and when you should be concerned.
Dr Elizabeth Gill, Chief Medical Officer, Sussex NHS Commissioners, said: “We know the global pandemic has had an impact on many people’s mental health. For young people it has been particularly hard without their usual access to networks and support. Exam results day might be causing stress and worry for some young people and we want to make sure people know there is help available and give them some tools to help cope. We know just how hard young people have worked, in unprecedented circumstances, and whatever the results, they should be really proud of that work.”
Dr Nick Lake, Director for Psychology at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said: “Results day is the culmination of months and years of hard work and the pandemic has brought with it additional pressures. It’s really important to be kind to yourself, whatever your result, and to share how you feel with family, friends and your support network.”