A-Levels: Mental Health

I’ve been struggling with the stress of a-levels for a long time now and then I realised: my mental health should come first. Having suffered with depression and anxiety for a long time, I was back into a cycle I couldn’t get out of when I started my second year. The constant change of creative writing teacher certainly didn’t help. Now, I might only be doing one a-level soon. I know, I know, only one!? It’s because I’ve been having a lot of anxiety attacks recently and we’ve been talking to the college about the stress.

You guys have to remember that, although good grades would be nice, you shouldn’t let them be harmful to your mental health.You matter and you will get through this. I believe in you! However stressful a-levels are, they will be done one day. Just remember that. Especially if you have had mental health problems in the past, I would speak to people about what the best course of action is for you. They can help you by breaking the work down or referring you to counselling or whatever you need. Just reach out if it’s all getting too much. People do care.

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Lia

19 thoughts on “A-Levels: Mental Health

  1. You inspire me so much because you understand that mental health and your well-being comes before anything else. It doesn’t matter if you do one A-Level – just concentrate on YOURSELF, because if your mental health is really bad, you won’t be able to work at all. Best of luck with you: you will do great, no matter what you do xx

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  2. Try not to think of it like “I’m only doing one A-Level”; look at it like “F**k yeah I’m managing to do an A-Level while coping with a mental illness!”. Also, I hope you never feel like you have to justify yourself or your life choices because of your illness. Be proud of what you are doing! I recently decided to take a year out of my Masters degree because of my Anxiety and went through a period of depression after feeling like I had let myself down. However, now my mind is slightly more clear I can acknowledge that my choice was the best for my health and I won’t let anyone make me feel bad about that. Good luck in your A-Level x

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