Five things that can help if you’re worried about going back to school

You may be feeling a mix of emotions as you get ready to go back to school. Here are some tips to help you:

Here's a recap if you'd rather read the advice instead of watching the video:

Be safety savvy

  • Know that your school will be doing everything in their power to keep you safe
  • Follow the procedures, even if they seem strange at first
  • Consider taking something small in to school with you from home (eg a keyring) that reminds you “it's OK”.

Get into a routine

  • You may have got out of the swing of your usual routine recently
  • Having a routine – including eating and sleeping at regular times – can help your wellbeing
  • If you're a teenager, you need about nine hours of sleep per night to function well so aim for that as much as possible!

Talk to someone about your worries

  • Telling a parent, guardian, teacher or other adult how you’re feeling may help you feel less alone
  • If you want to speak to a counsellor, you can contact Childline.

Write down your worries

  • Split your worries into two groups: “Things I can do something about” and “Things I can’t do anything about”
  • Look at the ones you can do something about and see if you can problem-solve any of them
  • Speak to a trusted adult about the “Things I can’t do anything about” pile
  • Some worries might not have a solution, but talking about them with others can help.

Remember when you’ve coped with things in the past

  • Think – which big changes or challenges have you already faced and got through?
  • Remind yourself of past successes and think about the strategies you used to tackle them
  • Draw on your supportive relationships when times get tough – asking others for help is one way to build resilience.

Based on advice from Julia Clements, Principal Educational Psychologist at children’s mental health charity Place2Be.

If you need support

You should always tell someone about the things you’re worried about. You can tell a friend, parent, guardian, teacher or another trusted adult. If you're struggling with your mental health, going to your GP can be a good place to start to find help. Your GP can let you know what support is available to you, suggest different types of treatment and offer regular check-ups to see how you’re doing.

If you're in need of in-the-moment support you can contact Shout 85258. It's a free, 24/7 text messenger support service for anyone in the UK. Text the word “SHOUT” or “YM” to 85258 to start a conversation.

There are more links to helpful organisations on BBC Action Line.

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