Facing Pressure As a Teen

October 18, 2017

This post is partnered with the charity, The Children's Society, who help support vulnerable children and teenagers in the UK. To find out more about them, please click here

I think that when you are younger, you never think that when you get older anyone you know will get involved in crime. I think that throughout infancy and childhood, we all live in this bubble where we think that none of us will drink-drive, no one will smoke or take drugs. At least that is what I thought.
When you get exposed to the world out of your window, so many things change. You aren't as sheltered; you are in a position where you can make so many more choices of your own, and with that, so many mistakes.

In the past few years, I have seen people I know get attacked, get into trouble with dangerous people, carry weaponry, commit card fraud and do drugs. And these are people that I have known for years, since childhood.
I feel really lucky to know that the people I know will do their hardest to keep me on the right path, so that I don't become a story in the papers, or a character in a police report.

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One pressure, which in my case I was so lucky was very minor- was exam pressure. I know from firsthand experiences that exam stress is big and it affects everyone at some point, especially people of my generation.
We are all told that the world population is increasing, that jobs are hard to come by and that university fees are rising. The pressure of doing well in school nowadays is massive.
Everyone wants to be that intelligent guy or girl in class who knows the answers and gets everything right. Everyone wants to pass their GCSE's so they can go on to A-Levels or Apprenticeships or BTECs. The stress accompanied with exams like GCSE's and A-Levels is really difficult and is causing stress and anxiety among my generation.
My exam stress was caused by the amount of subjects that I was doing and the new reforms. I was part of the guinea pig year during GCSE's, and the fact that my GCSE's were painted to be harder than everyone else's caused a lot of stress for me and people around me. We had to work really hard because we were told that our GCSE's were worth more than ever, that we had to live up to our school's reputation...etc.
This made us stressed and in some cases break down. We just didn't want to let our parents down, and do well for ourselves. If we all had the support we needed, then perhaps GCSE's wouldn't have been so hard, perhaps we would have done better in general.

To support the legitimacy of exam stress (in case you don't believe me) I thought that I would share some statistics on exam pressure and stress;

"The statistics on teen mental health paint a dismal picture. In 2013-14, for example, Childline witnessed a 200% increase in young people contacting their helpline because of exam stress. One in three teenage girls displays “psychological distress” by the time they reach their GCSEs. "
-The Guardian, June 2017

"In February, figures published by the Office for National Statistics revealed an increase in youth suicides.
There were 201 people aged between 10 and 19 who killed themselves in 2014 in the UK - up from 179 in 2013.
It comes as separate Office for National Statistics figures, published this week, suggested student suicides have risen to their highest level since at least 2007."
-BBC, 2016

"The ChildLine National Exam Stress Survey revealed that 96% of the 1300 who completed the survey felt anxious about exams and revision, with 59% feeling pressure from their parents to do well and 64% saying they have never received any support in dealing with exams.
The ChildLine website states that, ‘Worryingly in the survey results, some of you said you coped with anxiety by smoking, taking drugs and self-harming. You might feel that this is the only way you can cope with these negative emotions but it doesn’t have to be.’"

I think that one of the worst things about this is that exam stress isn't the only kind of stress felt by people my age. Statistics show that over half of teens have 3+ serious problems to deal with, from money troubles, fear of assault or fear of crime. This means that in some cases, exam stress is just a catalyst or another stress to add to the burdens of someone out there.

One thing that I know for certain is that change needs to happen. The Children's Society is trying to make the change.

There are so many things which are fun and exciting about being a teenager, but for too many of us, being a teen is really difficult and stressful. The Children’s Society’s research shows that 1m teens have 7+ serious problems in their life. It’s not fair that these children are 10 times more likely to be unhappy than those with none. But the Government is cutting funding for local services that help children. Together we can change this. Ask the Government for more local funding to help young people before they hit crisis point: http://bit.ly/2eSptgj

Thank you so much to the Children's Society for allowing me to partner with them on such an important topic! Once again, please check out their social media for more information and to support them, or check out their website! 

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  1. This was really interesting to read and the statistics were shocking. I'm sad about how the school system is set up in our society; during exams my friends were really stressed and anxious which was really hard for me to watch.

    Abby x | teenagehomedder.blogspot.com

    1. I'm glad that you enjoyed it. The statistics really shocked me too and you never really think it effects so many people, until you have numbers like that in front of you.

  2. When you get exposed to the world out of your window you become a druggie like I am .... lol .
    You have to stay strong in what you believe in for yourself . for example I'm not big on alcohol but at uni it is a massive part ofsocial activities . I'm not against drinking but not to get drunk/wasted ,so I don't drink that much . people will respect your personal believes if you stay strong in them . You never have to do anything that you don't want to do . The biggest thing is to find out what your believes /boundaries are and stick to them. don't worry if what you believe in changes you are allow to changed as a person . secondly the school shouldn't of put that much stress on you , I know everyone says this but grades do not define you . I've learnt that if I've tried my best there's nothing else I can do , regardless of the outcome I'll be proud of myself because I gave it my all.hopefully this motto helps you :)

    1. Wow, Thank you so much for sharing! I really appreciate it x


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