Head Stuff

Emotions play an important role in how we think and behave, compelling us to act and influence the decisions we make about our lives. Exploring these emotions within an educational context surrounding exam stress, and expressing them safely through drama, supports young people as they begin to process and understand themselves and the world around them.

Students have told us that sometimes they feel like their whole future depends on the grades they get. Therapy Partners have been working alongside local schools offering therapeutic support advice and guidance to pupils and teachers in schools have told us that generally they don’t feel equipped with the skills and knowledge to help with mental health concerns.


Quick Facts

  • Suicide is the biggest killer of people under the age of 35 in the UK. (University of Manchester's National Confidential Inquiry).
  • Evidence shows that 29 per cent of young people who took their lives were facing exams or exam results; four percent died on an exam day or the day after.
  • The number of teenage suicides in England and Wales increased by 67 per cent between 2010 and 2017.
  • Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures show that in the last year alone 187 under 19s took their own lives, compared with 162 the year before - a rise of 15 per cent.
  • Research shows that 72% of people who die by suicide do not engage with traditional support services. 

Head Stuff aims to change all that! 

ImageThe project, beginning in early 2019, involves co-producing an interactive play with students at The Robert Napier School. We aim to inspire young people to help themselves with their own emotional regulation, reach out for support if they need it and support their peers, by defining exam stress and the root causes, in turn, helping students understand their emotions and enabling them to regulate their anxiety levels.

Through encouraging students to talk using drama and cognitive behavioural techniques (CBT) they will explore emotions and feelings which can help reduce anxiety. Nervousness is a natural reaction to exams - the key is to put these nerves into positive use.

A toolkit and the video will be made available to other schools across Kent and the country, a wonderful teaching tool for teachers and learning tool for students. 

If you'd like to get involved or collaborate with us, contact us today!

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