When you’re struggling with your feelings it can sometimes seem like you’re the only one who feels the way you do. But you’re not alone. Lots of other people deal with similar problems all the time – you just might not know it.
Real Stories are created by MindMate, to share stories from young people in Leeds who have had problems with their mental health. We’ll be adding more stories over the next few months so please check back again soon.
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Balancing family life, friends and school is hard, and sometimes it can leave you feeling stressed, sad, lonely or worried. However, there’s plenty of advice and support out there, if you know where to look:
BBC Bitesize: Exam Stress
As well as great advice to help you revise and prepare for exams, Bitesize has top tips and videos to help you de-stress when it all feels too much.
Cycling to school is an easy way to fit some activity into your day. If you need help getting started Cycle Leeds has bike training courses for everyone, so you can learn how to ride safely in your local area.
Maybe you’re about to go to college or university soon, or perhaps you’re just thinking ahead to post-exam freedom. Whatever it is, it’s a big and exciting time. If you need a hand preparing, these links might help:
This website describes itself as 'your guide to discovering the range of exciting eduction, career and training options available to you in Leeds'. Sounds good, right?
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If you need help with your feelings, there are lots of options available to you. This might be through your school or college or with the brilliant local services available in Leeds. Most of them are free, although some of them have a waiting list. You just need to find the right service for you.
Exams are something that most of us can’t avoid in our lives. They’re designed to test us, literally, so naturally they can feel like a lot of pressure. And stress, worry and nerves can go hand in hand with that pressure. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some ways to prepare well for exams – while staying healthy.
Although it is completely normal for moods and feelings to change, sometimes you might decide that you need some help managing what’s going on in your head. From feelings about food, to hurting yourself, there is help and advice available.