How to deal with matric results stress

By Drum Digital
07 January 2014

Matric results may aggravate a lot of stress. This is stress is not only on the learners, but on parents, and schools.

Matric results may aggravate a lot of stress.  This is stress is not only on the learners, but on parents, and schools.

This kind of stress could sometimes lead to teen suicide.

While matric results may not be the only cause for suicide, but there is obviously a heightened risk at this time.

SADAG, South African Depression and Anxiety Group has a few pointers in order to reduce stress.

  • Most times matriculants don't go to school to receive their matric results. They rely on the newspaper and there always are printing errors. They then feel very down and despondent when they don't see their name there. When in actual fact they might have passed or might only have failed one subject.
  • In order to be sure matriculants must go and get their results from their schools.
  • If you have failed, speak to your principal immediately and see what options are open to you. A re-mark or a supplementary exam may be worthwhile options if you have failed only a few subjects.
  • Disappointment is not reserved for students who didn’t pass. SADAG says it's important to remember the straight A student who are used to 'perfection', not reaching their desired level can be just as devastating.
  • Failing can feel like very public humiliation, parents must show love, guidance and support without being judgmental or controlling. “All children and teens need to know that you are there, and that they can be successful in their own time and in their own way.”
  • If you are feeling depressed speak to someone. Call Sadag, at 0800 12 13 14, or SMS 31393.

- Source: SADAG.org

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