I recently got taken out of school to be homeschooled because of my bad anxiety and a traumatic experience that I had at school but now I won’t be able to do my GCSE’s because it’s too expensive to take them out of school and I’m really worried that I won’t have a good future. I really don’t know what to do :(
Hi Eve, thanks for contacting us. There are alternatives to GCSEs, such as apprenticeship schemes which will take you below GCSE level and train you up for the sort of job you want, or BTECs if that would be more affordable. Job experience is also really good, if you can get any of that! You may also be able to look into colleges which offer GCSE retakes, they may be willing to take you on if that's something you'd feel comfortable doing. You could also look into things like counselling which may enable you to feel more comfortable and confident applying to a different school later on. Besides that, have you or your family spoken about the possibility of only taking a few GCSEs, such as Maths, English, and perhaps Science? This may be more affordable, or it may be worth looking into if your parents could get any extra financial help to aid this. Not having qualifications isn't the end of the road, there are other options, such as apprenticeships which I mentioned above, which still offer success. - Emmy
I think I may have depression but my parents and none of my friends will believe me and just think I want attention. How do I know for sure if I have it. Samantha
Hi Samantha! Thanks for getting in touch with us. If you think you have depression, the best thing to do would be to go to see your doctor. A medical professional is the only person who can diagnose you, and if they find you do have depression, there are lots of things they can suggest to help you, such as counselling, which is completely confidential if you don't want to tell anyone. I hope if you do decide to tell your friends or family, that they are nice, perhaps if you were comfortable you could bring them to a second doctors appointment if they do find you have depression? That way the doctor could speak to them about it. Good luck! - Emmy
How do I make myself start to listen to others and talk less about myself. I don't even know I am doing it but lately my friends have been telling me I do all of the time. - Lucy
Hi Lucy, it's natural for people to want to talk about experiences they've had or to share fun things about themselves, but if you and your friends are noticing that tends to take up a lot of your conversations, it's really mature that you're trying to resolve that. I think the best way to do this is to make sure you ask your friends about themselves, and if they're telling a story, make sure they're finished before you start to talk about something else that happened to you. It might feel a bit forced or unusual at first, but after a while you should get used to it. Good luck! - Emmy
My great grandmother passed away 2 years ago and I am so depressed over it. Everytime I think of her I cry and it hurts to think of any of the memories. My family refuses to even talk about her and I don’t know what to do.
Hey There Luke!!
It’s normal to feel the grief even so long after the passing of a loved one. They often say that the later years can even be worse as numbness and shock wear off. My advice, mainly from Experience, is to talk about her in the best possible light. With friends or a grief counsellor if your family won’t. Writing letters to her will also be a great relief and outlet to this pain. Tell her what you wish you could, thoughts and feelings and all of those things. And remember it’s okay to cry!! It’s a horrible thing to lose someone you love, and you’re allowed to be upset. And to still be hurting. You’re strong, even when you don’t feel it. - Rae
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