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HAT917
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Recently my mental health has been going in a downwards spiral and my A-levels are suffering as a result. But the problem is my sixth form care more about grades than our well being. They just try and put information in us without considering why we're struggling or why we've gone from top of the class to the bottom and skipping class. On top of that I've been having anxiety attacks during class and just bunking them due to this. The problem is that the sixth form don't bring in qualified counsellors or even show any effort to look in to why. My sixth form is joined to the school and have counsellors who i've seen before and just tell the head of school. They aren't very confidential and make me nervous to see them. It seems as though the sixth form do nothing and he school does minimal effort to help mental health when it effects so many people
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Sounds just like my own experjence at sixth form. It completely baffles me that heads don't seem to understand or even care about this aspect of real life. The only thing I know and understand is that many schools depend on high grades for funding, and that funding is being cut. Both of which make heads desperate to push students into getting better grades. I think they think pushing, forcing, being strict and hard and tough helps students achieve, and thinks that students will feel grateful for it in the end. I think a lot of students end up 'feeling grateful' for it, but I think those students are just better at shoving their feelings down and never looking at the pain it caused. I think a lot of students leave feeling disoriented and honestly wounded like they've come out of some sort of battle. I know I felt that way! Secondary school was downright hell, and the pressure, threats and force at sixth form were similarly hellish. The difference was that at sixth form there was more room to breathe and you could chill on your own/ do your own thing, and of course study less subjects that you actually like (well, not for those who chose subjects they didn't like). I think teachers and education departments are totally disillusioned and need to be confronted about this atrocious behaviour tbh. It really ain't right to be putting students through hell mentally. I don't blame them for cuts in funding and league tabled, but I do blame them for their cold, dismissive, unsympathetic behaviour. Not that students should have to do this, but I feel it's the only way to change things. I guess the only thing to do is for students to group up and start challenging this. Debates, protests, essays, etc. I guess one big problem is that so many students refuse to admit that they get hurt too. They would rather pretend that it's for the best and that nothing needs to be changed. But then again, I'm sure there are many students who would agree that it's too rough of an environment and that it's simply unethical and not right. That would probably encourage those students to see the light and get involved.
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My school was exactly the same. Sometimes I don't think it's a case of them not caring, more like a case of them having limited resources - most state-funded schools just don't have the funds to employ counsellors or mental health professionals, or even to train staff to look out for the signs and symptoms of someone who may be struggling.

But on other hand, you don't need specialist training to show a bit of empathy to someone should they need support. It doesn't take a lot to lend a sympathetic ear and cut them a bit of slack.
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