| October 19, 2016

There’s life after year 12 exams for students and parents

Member for Murray Damian Drum said today that as students near the end of their secondary schooling it is important for Year 12 students and parents to know there is help available for them to manage stress. 

Leading digital mental health organisation ReachOut Australia, supported by the Australian Government together with private and corporate donors, has resources to support Year 12 students and their parents through this stressful time. 

ReachOut’s, There’s Life After Year 12 campaign, features prominent Australians including actor Rahart Adams, journalist Sarah Harris and our Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, with video messages of support for this year’s Year 12 students.

Mr Drum said we all know exams are pretty stressful at the best of times and they can be really overwhelming if you feel your whole life depends on the results. 

“This campaign is designed to help Year 12 students and their parents know how to manage stress and anxiety during exam time,” Mr Drum said. 

“Parents can also experience exam stress and want to know how best to support their child without adding to existing pressure or projecting unrealistic expectations.” 

Coping with stress, and school and study problems are the issues which concern young people most. ReachOut can provide advice and support and last year more than 130,000 people accessed study and stress related content.

ReachOut now has new content available to help parents too. 

Stress around exam time can not only impact a teenager’s mental health but also their physical health and general wellbeing.  Knowing how to help teenagers manage their stress in the lead-up to exams can help them to study and also reduce the tension at home.

 Mr Drum wished current Year 12 students all the best for their final exams.

 “It’s important to remember that your marks don’t define you. There are many different options, opportunities and career paths – there’s not just one path to your future,’’ Mr Drum said.

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