Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland pupils call Childline over exam stress

By Staff Reporter

Nearly 100 children across Northern Ireland struggling to cope with the pressures of exams received Childline counselling in 2017/18.

Across the UK, there were five times more counselling sessions delivered to girls than to boys.

New figures from the NSPCC service reveal it delivered 92 counselling sessions last year to children from Northern Ireland who were struggling to cope with exam pressures.

Across the UK as a whole, there were 3,135 sessions on exam stress - just over a fifth of these in May.

Half of counselling sessions were with young people aged 12 to 15-years-old, some of whom expressed specific concerns about an overwhelming workload, pressure from their parents and worries about whether they would get the grades they wanted.

Childline is available for free, confidential support, 24 hours a day on 0800 1111 or at

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