How your mental health affects your schoolwork

You may not realise it, but your mental health (how good or bad you feel emotionally) is not just in your head! It can also change how you do your schoolwork. And your school marks are important for your future success.

Here are some ways that your mental health can affect your marks in school:

  • Concentration: A lot of things can make it harder to focus on your work – for example, feeling sad, getting angry, or worrying about something.
  • Missing school: Feeling upset could make you not want to go to school. Sometimes emotions can even make us feel sick, and if you are stressed you could get sick more often.
  • Working with others: Sometimes in school you have to work in groups, and get along with your class. This gets really stressful when you just want to be alone.
  •  Energy: If a lot of your energy is going into dealing with your life, you might not have much energy left for schoolwork.

If you think your emotions are having an impact on your school work, it’s important to get help so that you can do your best for your future! Speak to a trusted adult about what you’re going through. Maybe teachers or friends can help with your schoolwork. It may be hard asking for help, but you’re worth it.

Read more about looking after your mental health in our Mental Health Toolbox section. 

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