Failing matric is not the end

2017-01-10 06:01
PHOTO: supplied Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo says don’t judge those who have failed matric but support them.

PHOTO: supplied Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo says don’t judge those who have failed matric but support them.

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MANY pupils are overwhelmed by their matric results, many have passed with flying colours while some did not.
KZN MEC of Health Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo has warned people not to judge those who did not pass their matric because this could cause stress which can lead to suicide.
Pinetown Fever asked people for words of encouragement to those who did not make it.

Sibusisiwe Dlungwana: “This is not the end of the world, life goes on and no one is too young for school. For those who are thinking of doing something stupid, please think of your family and friends who love you. You have a chance of returning to school and no one will laugh at you.”

Nomkhosi Dlamini: “For those who did not pass I tell them to go back to school. If you are too ashamed of going back to your previous school there are a lot of finishing schools around KZN. You need matric to get a decent job in KZN so you need to get that matric certificate.”

Simphiwe Langa: “There is no need to be ashamed of not passing matric. Just tell yourself you are not the only one who is going through this and it too shall pass. Keep your head up and don’t give up.”

KZN Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo has appealed to parents, guardians and society to be supportive. “People who turn to desperate measures like suicide often feel helpless and alone. And each life lost to suicide, especially a young life, is one life too many. We must do all we can to prevent these tragedies, not just at a government level, but as civil society. It is a desperate call for help and we must respond collectively.”

According to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group, people who are suicidal can be helped by:

• Be direct. Talk openly and matter-of-fact about suicide.

• Be willing to listen. Allow expressions of feelings. Accept the feelings.

• Be non-judgmental. Do not debate whether suicide is right or wrong, or whether feelings are good or bad. Do not lecture on the value of life.

• Get involved. Become available. Show interest and support.

• Do not dare him or her to do it.

• Do not act shocked. This will put distance between you.

• Do not be sworn to secrecy. Seek support.

• Offer hope that alternatives are available, but do not offer glib reassurance.

• Ask if you may contact a family member.

• Take action. Remove means, such as firearms or stockpiled pills.

• Do not leave them alone, get help from persons specialising in crisis intervention and suicide prevention.

If necessary, get in touch with the police on 10111, or the Emergency Medical Services on 10177.

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