Samaritans call for wellbeing on results day

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Charity offers support to anyone stressed by exam performance.

6th August 2019 by Gavin Stuart 0 Comments

Samaritans is urging young people and their families to put mental wellbeing first this results day.

On Tuesday morning, tens of thousands of children in Scotland found out how they had performed in National Five, Higher or Advanced Higher exams.

Samaritans said this was among the toughest times in the year for young people, regardless of whether they passed or failed exams.

The charity said anyone experiencing stress or any other mental health issues can call their volunteers for advice and support 24 hours a day.

James Jopling, executive director of Samaritans Scotland, said: “Exam results day can be really stressful for young people, and for the parents and family members supporting them. So it’s important we all keep perspective and ensure we’re putting young people’s wellbeing first.

“Whether you get the results you’d hoped for or not, it’s ok to find this time tough. Working out your next steps, and preparing to move onto university, college or employment can feel stressful. That’s why we’re encouraging young people and those who support them to open up if they’re struggling.

“Consider talking to a trusted family member or friend about what you’re feeling. Or get in touch with a free and confidential service like Samaritans. We’re here to listen, 24 hours a day. We won’t judge or tell you what to do and you can talk to us about whatever is on your mind.”

Last year, Samaritans Scotland volunteers spent more than 60,000 hours providing emotional support to people in crisis or distress across Scotland.