What you can do
There are lots of ways that Childline can help you deal with exam stress.
Talk to other young people
Get support without judgement on the message boards. Share your story, help others or just see how other people have coped.
Message a counsellor
Childline counsellors are here for whatever you're feeling, whenever you need us. Messages to us are confidential and you can talk about anything.
Try some calming activities
There are lots of ways to feel calmer. It's about finding what works for you. Try some of our breathing exercises, activities, games and videos to help let go of stress.
Is Childline confidential?
Our confidentiality promise means that we won’t tell other people what you’ve said without your permission. There are only a few times we might need to say something:
- We believe your life or someone else's life is in danger.
- You're being hurt by someone in a position of trust who's able to hurt other children, like a teacher, religious leader, sports coach, police officer or doctor.
- You tell us that you're seriously hurting another person.
- You tell us about another child who's being hurt and isn't able to tell someone or understand what's happening to them.
- We're told we have to by law, for example for a court case.
Struggling to talk?
It can be hard sharing what’s happening sometimes, but there are a few things that can make it easier.
Take your time
Only share as much as you’re comfortable with. You don’t have to say anything you don’t want to.
Tell us if it’s hard to talk
Not sure where to start? Try making a list of things to ask or telling us that it’s difficult.
Make a plan
Decide the best time to contact us and choose the space you feel safest to do it.
Plan something nice to do after sending a message or talking to us.
Even if other people haven’t given you a good response, you can still find someone to listen to you. Whether you share what’s happening with us or someone you trust, it can help to get things out.