Exam stress affects parents too, says RedArc

Christine Husbands, managing director for RedArc says: “Employers need to be aware that exam stress can affect staff too – particularly those who have children who are about to sit GCSE, A-levels or end-of-college exams that affect future life choices.

“Exam stress increases dramatically when families are facing other difficulties such as divorce, bereavement or illnesses, and parents can find it hard to support their children through these difficult times.

“Employers should ensure they communicate relevant employee benefits to staff, as they can be hugely beneficial in ensuring staff remain productive and that they feel supported during what is potentially a tricky time in their family’s life.”

Personal nurse advisers work with insurers, intermediaries, employers and membership organisations, adding value to insurance products and employee assistance programmes, to provide practical advice and emotional support to help people cope in times of physical and mental illness, disability, trauma or bereavement.

RedArc supports a number of cases every year where families are struggling to cope with a situation and are concerned about the knock-on effect to their children – especially during their exams.

Christine Husbands concluded: “When a family member is ill or suffering bereavement, these insurances can be a lifeline in not only helping the insured but also in supporting their family. We’re currently in the middle of exam season and any additional pressures can really weigh heavily on young people’s mind. This can exasperate any existing health concerns such as coughs, colds, asthma and eczema, through to eating disorders and epilepsy. Employees often find it useful to have an independent person to support them in dealing with the reason for the initial referral but also in helping their children cope – particularly with the addition of exam pressures.”

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For further information please contact:

Sharon Mason
SMUK Marketing and PR
smason@smuk.org.uk
Mob: 07747 611773
Land: 01252 843350

Christine Husbands
Managing Director, RedArc
chusbands@redarc.co.uk
Mob: 07887 721975

Notes for editors

About the company
• RedArc was founded in 1998
• It is part of Punter Southall Health and Protection
• It employs experienced and qualified nurses.
The RedArc service
• RedArc nurses provide long-term practical advice & emotional support by phone for:
• People and families
• Serious illness, disability, trauma or bereavement
• Face-to-face UK Second Medical Opinion (Report and Support)
• Claims Support
• Mental Health – proven results
• Additional help e.g. therapies, counselling, equipment, domiciliary care
• Relevant literature – books, fact-sheets, CDs
• A unique, tailored service for each person’s own individual needs with same Nurse throughout, for as long as required by the customer.
Key statistics
• To date RedArc has helped more than 26,000 people from insurance companies, affinity groups, cashplans, trade unions and police federations.
• Provided 6,000 courses of a wide range of therapies, counselling or equipment
• Average case duration circa 1 year