A campaign has been set up to tackle exam woes.

The Greater Brighton Metropolitan College (Met) and charity YMCA Right Here have teamed up to launch their #NoStressSuccess campaign this week.

Videos and blogs featuring 17 to 19-year-old “exam survivors” from Sussex will be shared across social media over the summer.

Charlotte Gerard, 17, a motorsport engineering student at The Met, said: “GCSEs were very stressful and they don’t need to be.

“People make it so much more of a deal than it ever actually is.

“When you look at your CV when you’re older, employers don’t really care what you got in art if you’re going off to do something completely different.

“Don’t over stress it because it’s just so unnecessary and really bad for your mental health.”

The Sussex YMCA health and wellbeing project has recorded a 40 per cent rise in demand for exam stress workshops over the last three years.

Chas Walker, CEO of the Sussex and Surrey YMCA DownsLink Group, said: “More and more young people are experiencing symptoms of stress and other mental health issues as a result of the pressure associated with GCSEs.

“Exam stress has increased as a reported concern for young people accessing our services over the past five years – recorded levels in 2016/17 were almost double what they were back in 2012/13.”

Nick Juba, CEO of The Met said: “My message to Year 11 students who are about to start their GCSE exams is please don’t panic during the exam process or on results day because whatever happens, there will always be options available and people to help you find the one that’s best for you.”