Did you not get the results you were hoping for?

The last couple of weeks will have been incredibly intense and stressful for young people. In August every year, GCSE and A-Level results are made available, which go on to determine what your next steps may be. If you didn’t get the results you were hoping for, you don’t need to fret. There are plenty of options available to you – the most important thing is to not panic.

For GCSEs:

  • On the day you get your results, your teachers will be on hand for support. You can speak to them about anything that is troubling you and they will offer you advice on what to do next.

  • You can also investigate getting your papers remarked to see if anything has been missed.

  • If you’ve missed your place at sixth form or college, it’s always worth enquiring with them to see if they will still accept you, especially if there were mitigating circumstances.

For A-Levels:

  • If you’ve missed out on your chosen course, you can apply for a place in your course through clearing. Even though you might not go to your first choice university, you can still get the degree you desire.

  • You can always take a gap year after your A-Levels to decide what your next steps will be, that way there’s no pressure to decide away.

  • Similarly to GCSEs, you can get your papers remarked to check if anything has been missed.

It’s always tough when you get the results you’re not expecting, but there are always other options that can aid you. If you’ve just got into university, look at our blog at five things to look out for if you think your housemate is struggling with their mental health.

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Five tips on how to help a loved one with their mental health

It can be difficult to watch a loved one struggle with their mental health. It can also be hard to know what to say or do when they’re having a tough time. There are lots of things you can do to help though – take a look at our five tips on how to help a loved one with their mental health:

1. Listen

Often just listening to your loved one can help in abundance. Offering them a safe space to talk and to know that they are feeling heard can lift a huge weight off their shoulders and also shows them that you care.

2. Look for information

It might be worth finding out more about what is ailing your loved one, so you understand more about it and offer sound advice. Just make sure you’re finding information that is reliable – you’ll know if it is by the Information Standard quality mark.

3. Patience

It can be frustrating for you as well as for them if they can’t talk to your straight away or reveal as much information. Remember to be patient and let them know that you’re there when they are ready.

4. Empathy

Try and imagine yourself in their shoes and think about how you might feel. Offer them reassurance and let them know that they’re not alone in how they feel. Stay calm and take things and their own pace.

5. Look after yourself

Make sure you’re looking after yourself as well. It can sometimes be draining to be someone else’s shoulder to cry on, so you must ensure you’re keeping a keen eye on your own mental wellbeing.

If your loved one is over the age of 18 you won’t be able to force them to get help even if they need it. If you think there is a emergency and you don’t believe they are safe on their own, call 999.

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