Psychologists and psychiatrists are on standby to help learners who didn’t pass their grade 12 exams.  The National Senior Certificate (NSC )Matric results will be released on Friday.

It is expected that the release of matric results will evoke different emotions in learners.

Organisations like South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) and the Department of Social Development have put in place coping mechanisms and support for those who might need them.

According to Sadag, 9.5% of teenage deaths in South Africa are caused by suicide.

Parents and guardians have been urged to give the necessary support to their children in order to prevent them from committing suicide.

Psychologist Charity Mkone says, “Understandably so, a lot of matriculants place a lot of pressure on themselves apart from the pressure that they get from their homes. Parents and caretakers should be very supportive.”

Some of the signs that a child is depressed or is not coping with the outcome of the results include low energy, social isolation, changes in sleeping patterns and over eating or under eating.

“[The]Suicide rate becomes high because of the hopelessness or the feeling that this [failure] is the end. If a person jokes about committing suicide and isolate themselves from other people; those are some of the things parents should be on a lookout for,” adds Mkone.

The Independent Examinations Board results were released at midnight…

Meanwhile, matriculants who didn’t make it can still register to write supplementary examinations.

The supplementary examinations will be written in February and March.

Below are some of the numbers that matriculants who are not coping can call for support.

Social Development special helpline: 0800 428 428.

For a social worker dial *120*7867#.

SA Depression and Anxiety Group: 0800 567 567 or SMS 31393, 8am to 8pm.

Helpline: 011 262 6396 from 8am to 8pm.

Childline Toll-Free: Childline South Africa.