Is school stress bringing you down? We’re here to help.

Everyone has successes and challenges when it comes to school. Tests, group projects, friends, sports and more may all play a role in your daily life (and your level of school stress). Ever since March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic may have affected your school routine — and your mental health and well-being.

Kids Help Phone has been hearing from young people across Canada that they’ve been struggling with distance learning, staying connected, hopelessness and concerns about failing school. We want to let you know that we’re here for you if you’re experiencing school stress. There are always things you can try to get help and feel better right now.

We also want to remind you that it’s common to feel more stress during difficult times. It’s important to be kind to yourself and think about what you may need to do and be well. If stress is taking over your life and/or causing other concerns for you (e.g. sleep issues, lower grades, loss of appetite, relationship struggles, no time for hobbies, etc.), know that you can reach out and get support.

Students across Canada who are experiencing school stress can browse the following tips, tools and resources for:

When you need to reach out to someone…

When you need to study and prepare…

When you’re a high school student…

When you’re a post-secondary student…

When you need to take care of yourself…

When you have other issues on your mind…

If you’re experiencing school stress, you’re not alone. Reaching out and talking to someone about your feelings and situation is the first step to feeling better. You can do it!

Published February 2021

Need more information or support? You can contact Kids Help Phone 24/7.