Chronic anxiety and worry during adolescence years can impact on young people’s ability to deal with pressures of exams and coursework, mood regulation, motivation for studying, managing everyday relationships, as well as decision-making about the future.
Importantly, if left untreated, high stress levels can lead to emotional and mental health difficulties in adulthood, affecting an individual’s educational and occupational outcomes, and the quality of their relationships and wider wellbeing. However, teenagers often find it hard to access suitable help, and may even fail to themselves recognise the signs of stress and low mood.
How DISCOVER helps students
DISCOVER supports students to understand the nature and impact of stress that relates to school and/or home pressures, and to achieve sustainable changes in their wellbeing and mental health.
Using methods derived from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, DISCOVER uses a workshop format to maximise student learning, and provide support and motivation to tackle stress-related problems.
The overall aim is to help students to build their emotional resilience, and develop new strategies and techniques: Problems tackled within the workshop include:
Excessive worrying and low mood
Loss of motivation
Low self-esteem and lack of confidence
Poor sleep and lack of energy
Difficulties organising workload and revision
Low resilience to stress and pressure
Workshop participants receive a DISCOVER workbook to work through throughout the workshop day and keep for further reference, as well as access to the DISCOVER app.