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‘Being a young person in sixth form is the hardest time in someone’s life’

Press Association logoPress Association 07/06/2018 By Liz Connor

a man standing in front of a statue: 19-year-old student Jago Corry (Jago Corry/PA) © Provided by The Press Association 19-year-old student Jago Corry (Jago Corry/PA) A special message from MSN:

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A 19-year-old university student has revealed how battling with exam stress triggered feelings of extreme loneliness and social anxiety.

“I would just lock myself in my room to revise for hours,” Jago Corry told MSN. “I struggled with exams and found it difficult to have fun. In my opinion, being a young person in sixth form is the hardest time in someone’s life.”

Jago described how he suffered with anxiety from a young age, but the pressure of performing academically “just made it worse”.

He told MSN: “When you’re just on your own, playing computer playing games in your room, problems like anxiety just worsen – especially when you’re not socially engaging with people.”

Loneliness by age group © PA Loneliness by age group Jago, who is studying for a politics degree at Bournemouth University, said that his issues with loneliness were heightened at the age of 16 when he moved to a new school to study for his A-level exams.

“I went into an environment where everyone knew each other and I didn’t,” he said. “People were friendly and would invite me to parties and stuff, but I just didn’t have the bravery to go.”

He suffered in silence for years because he didn’t feel like he could open up to his family about his mental health issues, but has recently told his parents about some of the struggles he faced during sixth form.

Loneliness in the UK © PA Loneliness in the UK He said: “Now I’m at university, I’ve started to socially engage with people more, through different societies and groups, and my loneliness is much better.”

Jago believes there should be better mental health support for children and teenagers:  “I went through my whole childhood feeling really anxious; I would throw up every day before going to school and I wouldn’t know what was happening to me. I had no idea about anxiety, let alone mental health.

“I think if in my childhood my anxiety was regulated better, the impact on my later years would be lessened.”

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