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Upset after exams

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Feeling very sad after summer tests. So i did quite bad at my assessment week and every time I think about it I start crying or feeling depressed, I’m also worried I’ll eventually kill myself. What do I do? 

Answer

Hi there and welcome to Ask Alex. 

Thank you for reaching out with your question. We understand that it can be difficult to open up about how you’re feeling.
 
You say that you’re feeling really sad because you didn’t do well in your summer tests and that you’re worried you might kill yourself. Is that right?
 
We are really concerned to hear that you’re worried about this. If you have thoughts of self-harm or suicide, it is crucial to speak to an adult you trust who can help you get the support you need. You can also contact Pieta House (www.pieta.ie/) by phone or text and speak to someone about how you are feeling. They are there to support people with thoughts of self-harm or suicide.
 
It’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Many students haven’t met their own expectations regarding exams and assessments, but this doesn’t mean it’s the end. There are many different options to help you get back on track academically. You can try speaking to your teacher or guidance counsellor when you return to school and let them know how you’re feeling. They may be able to arrange extra support in your subjects or with the topics you’re finding difficult.
 
You mentioned that you’re feeling very sad. It’s important to look after our own wellbeing too. What kind of activities do you enjoy or make you feel good? Make sure to keep doing those to help lift your mood. You can find more advice and information in these articles about ways to make ourselves feel better:
www.childline.ie/5-ways-to-practice-self-care-every-week/. Sometimes we need a reminder to be kind to ourselves!
 
Have you spoken to anyone about how you are feeling at the moment? It’s important to speak to an adult we trust about what’s going on, as they can offer support and advice – and maybe have even been in a similar situation themselves.
 
You can also reach out to us here at Childline if you want to talk more about how you’re feeling. We offer a free, non-judgemental listening service and are available 24/7. Our freephone number is 1800 66 66 66, or you can chat with us through our webchat service by clicking on the purple Messenger circle at www.childline.ie. We would love to hear from you!
 
Thanks again for reaching out to Ask Alex. Take care of yourself,
 
Alex

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