Going back to school / college


School or college can be really enjoyable, but it can also be really tough. It’s a big part of your life and you spend a lot of time there, so it’s very normal to feel anxious, stressed or worried about it sometimes. These pages have been created to support you. You may also find it useful to view our Wellbeing support for all Gloucestershire citizens page. If you feel like you need some extra support, there are lots of free, confidential services that can help, see Who can I talk to? for more information.

It can be hard making friends, and sometimes we all do things to ‘fit in’, like listening to the same music or wearing the same type of clothes – but it’s okay to say “no” if you don’t want to do something…

If you feel under pressure to do something you aren’t comfortable with – like smoking, drinking or taking drugs, picking on someone or skipping school, remember you don’t have to take part.

It can be difficult to say ‘no’ to your friends, so here are some things that can help:

  • Plan ahead – think about what you might do or say in different situations
  • Tell them how you feel, and explain why you don’t want to do something. Try to be assertive
  • Show that you respect their choice, and they are more likely to respect yours
  • Suggest doing something else

Your friends should respect your choices, and if they don’t there will be lots of other people out there who will share your views. You can always talk to someone you trust, like another friend, teacher or family member.

Page updated: 18/09/2020 Page updated by: Communications

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