This year Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May) is about stress and the impact it can have on our lives, big and small.

We experience stress because it’s a natural response to things such as school exams, personal difficulties and other pressures in life, but it’s important to know how to spot it and tackle it effectively.

In some cases unchecked stress can lead to anxiety or depression so this week we wanted to raise awareness of this often overlooked difficulty and share our tips for not letting it overwhelm you.

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And remember, if you or a friend are experiencing stress and don’t know where to turn, go to our Find Help page for information on who you can contact and speak to.

Jordan Exam Stress

Stress Ninja

Jordan Stephens records an exclusive #IAMWHOLE video with UNILAD to share his words of encouragement on dealing with exam stress for Mental Health Awareness Week.


Top tips for parents and carers

If you are a parent or carer concerned about your child’s mental health during the exam season, check out our handy guide containing do’s and don’ts in talking about mental health, and signposting to support.


Charlie's story of exam stress

With Mental Health Awareness Week focussing on the issue of stress, Charlie shares with the #IAMWHOLE campaign his experiences of university and managing with study and exam stress.


Mental health difficulties can affect any child or young person, across all spectrums of society. Currently in the UK and Ireland, nearly one million children and young people have a diagnosed mental health difficulty. This is equivalent to three children in every classroom.

#IAMWHOLE is an anti-stigma mental health campaign developed in partnership with the NHS and YMCA with the aim of encouraging young people to speak out and seek help by:


Starting conversations
with young people about
mental health


Educating young
people on
mental health


Encouraging young people
to share their experiences of

mental health


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