A student who felt overwhelmed by school pressures is encouraging others to take time and talk.
Sophie Holland, 17, feared there were not enough hours in the day to complete schoolwork, extra-curricular activities and have a social life.
She began to feel guilty when she took just a moment to relax and was drowning in work.
‘I often feel overwhelmed to the point where I can't focus on anything, said Sophie, from Belfast. ‘For example, during exams I sometimes find it hard to concentrate when I know how much still has to be done.’
The Girl Guide believes the stresses of school aren’t talked about enough, so has made a film with the help of her Guide group, to help others.
With the most stress caused during exam season, the Guide group wanted to do something to make a difference so made a film with Fixers to show other young people they are not alone.
‘I think other people need to know that they are not the only one who is experiencing this and it as actually something that most teenagers go through,’ Sophie said.
‘I think it is important to raise awareness about this topic and I feel that there is a lot of stigma surrounding pressure to succeed and people tend to avoid the topic.
‘I hope this project will encourage other people to be more vocal about their own experiences.’
Sophie and the group want to circulate their campaign via social media to help other people understand their experiences and to tell other teenagers that is it ‘OK to stop and rest’.
‘We want young people to have open and honest conversations about their concerns to help them deal with their problems.’
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