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The pressure to do well in exams can feel overwhelming and you can feel like the rest of your life depends on your results. If you feel this way, you are not alone. For many people, the stress of exams has a significant impact on their mental health – leading to anxiety, panic attacks, low mood, and disrupted sleep. In this talk we’ll discuss evidence-based strategies for how you can manage exam stress and learn to cope more effectively.

Polly Waite, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, will deliver this talk. A Q&A will follow, chaired by Cathy Creswell, Professor of Clinical Developmental Psychology.


About the Series:

We have come to realise the importance of mental health issues and the impact they can haveMental Health Talk main image of head surrounded by colours on individuals as well as on society at large. But, can you separate the facts from the myths? Do you know how to promote your own mental wellness and help those around you?

At Oxford, we have some of the world’s leading researchers helping us understand the causes of mental conditions and develop effective evidence-based treatments. We are bringing them together in a new series – Our Mental Wellness – to share their knowledge and answer your questions about how we can look after each others’ mental wellness in our community. 

Do you have a question you'd like to ask? When you register, you will be given the opportunity to submit a mental health question related to the topic for speaker to answer. 



Registration is required and only students, staff and alumni at the University of Oxford are invited to attend. We will only be able to accept registrations from those with an Oxford University email address that ends in If you don't have an Oxford email address, you will be able to attend the live stream via our YouTube channel.

If you'd like to attend, please click on the REGISTER NOW button at the top of the page. After you register, you will be sent a unique login link for you to use on the day, but please be aware that you won't be able to join the event without it.

The Zoom Waiting Room will open 15 minutes before the talk and attendees will automatically join the talk at the advertised start time.

This talk will be recorded and afterwards can be accessed via our YouTube channel at