ReachOut’s nationally representative survey found that out of 1000 people aged between 14 and 25, 66 per cent of students claimed to not seek external help to manage stress, despite the high levels of exam stress. 

“ReachOut is encouraging young people to have plans in place to manage exam-related stress this year and to seek help early if they are not coping with the pressure,” said Ashley de Silva, CEO of ReachOut. 

“Preparing for exams is about doing your best and working towards achieving a result that you are happy with. While some study stress is normal and can help improve performance, it can grow into a major problem.

“Whilst trying to get the balance right between studying and self-care can be tricky, it is key to keeping stress at a manageable level. 

“We want to encourage students feeling like their stress is at an unhealthy level and affecting other parts of their life to seek support, and that could be talking to a trusted adult, their GP or visiting

“We want to remind young people that they’re not alone at exam time and that there are many potential pathways to achieve their future goals.”

The survey further revealed students faced internal pressure to succeed, with 68 per cent of students admitting their stress was self-driven. 

Nearly forty per cent of students said they were concerned about finding employment, and 34 per cent of students said they were worried about securing their preferred tertiary course, all of which contributed to their rising stress levels during the exam period. 

Although 66 per cent of students claimed to not seek external help, the survey data found that the number of students seeking external support did increase from 28 per cent to 34 per cent in the last two surveys. 

This positive trend of students seeking help has also been proven through the number of students that call for help when their stress levels rise.