This week YMCA Right Here launched their exciting new campaign (which has recently been featured on the BBC South East News) in partnership with The Greater Metropolitan College as part of Mental Health Awareness Week.

The #NoStressSuccess campaign aims to manage and reduce stress and anxiety for year 11s and their families, as well as provide information and resources on alternative paths into future employment.

YMCA Right Here found that requests for their Exam Stress Workshops in secondary schools had increased by over 40% and the number of students asking for help post-workshop tripled.

The campaign features resources, information, helplines and inspirational stories from students who have recently sat their GCSEs.  Here’s one of the videos from the campaign.

Chas Walker, CEO of the Sussex and Surrey YMCA DownsLink Group said:

“More and more young people are experiencing symptoms of stress and other mental health issues as a result of the pressure associated with GCSEs. Exam stress has increased as a reported concern for young people accessing our services over the past five years – recorded levels in 2016/17 were almost double what they were back in 2012/13. Reported levels of anxiety around the transition from secondary school to college and the workplace has also increased. The YMCA is excited to be working with The MET College on this important initiative.”

Nick Juba, Chief Executive Officer of The Greater Brighton Metropolitan College said:

“GCSEs are an important step towards young people finding something they can thrive at but they are not the only path to success. We have students who passed all their GCSEs with the highest grades; students who studied hard and managed to get four or five; and students who didn’t pass any GCSEs at school. What they all have in common is that they have found something that really motivates and interests them and as a result they are happy and doing well.”

The campaign will run throughout the summer and will include a GCSE Results Day Advice Clinic for parents/carers and students run by The MET on Thursday 23 August on Twitter @GreaterMetropolitanCollege and tel: 01273 667776.

For more information visit www.findgetgive.com/NoStressSuccess