• Kay Johnston

FOCUS Training - Exam Stress Solutions

“Young people contacting Childline said the prospect of taking exams was having an adverse effect on their mental health, with some saying it was leading to them self-harming, feeling depressed or experiencing anxiety.”


Young people are suffering with mental health issues due to the pressure of revising and taking exams. As parents ourselves we understand what young people go through and think it’s sad that more isn’t being done to give young people the emotional tools to be able to cope and succeed.

“Suicides among children and young adults peak at the beginning of exam season, it has emerged, adding to fears that pressure to get good results is harming their mental health.”


We recognise the impact that mental health has on young people and we don’t want this to happen to any young person let alone one in our local area. Which is why Karma Minds and Alpha Therapy North West have come together to teach students about how their minds work, and how to be their best self.

“Academic anxiety has become a greater source of stress for teenagers than concerns about body image, the government’s former mental health tsar has said.”


We are offering Exam Stress Solution workshops to improve mental well being, increase emotional intelligence and educate students how they can enhance their confidence and resilience.

These skills will not only support them throughout the study process and exam season but will stand students in good stead for dealing with life experiences and challenges in their futures.

Our philosophy and training is grounded in CBT- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, NLP- Neuro Linguistic Programming and Mindfulness. Our aim is to teach students about the conscious and subconscious mind giving them the information they need to be in the best mindset to study and achieve.

Exam Stress Solution Workshops will be held at three venues throughout the Easter Holidays:

Whhalley Old Grammar - Monday 8th & 15th April 2019 - 10 am to 12 pm or 1 pm to 3 pm

Trinity Community Hall, Brownhill - Wednesday 10th & 17th April 2019 - 3 pm to 5 pm or 6 pm to 8 pm

Hippings Vale, Oswaldtwistle - Friday 12th April 2019 -10 am to 12 pm or 1 pm to 3 pm

This is a unique opportunity for parents, students or even schools and colleges to invest in young people giving them the opportunity to gain skills that will change lives for the better. Emotional Intelligence is becoming recognised as being paramount for success in life. We can be the most intelligent person but if we are not in a good place mentally IQ doesn’t make a difference. Emotional intelligence is the stuff of resilience, determination, persistence, belief, confidence, self esteem and self control.

We can teach students how to build these skills to enable them to be their very best self and achieve their desired goals.

We will also offer a support group that students can attend in the weeks leading up to exams and afterwards. Where they can share their stories with other students and have the benefit of a counsellor and relaxation support strategies.

For more information contact:

Carol at Alpha Therapy North West on 07411 471747 or email

Kay at Karma Minds on 07512 477046 or email

Bookings for the workshops can be made at:

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