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If failure's too much to bear.

TEESSIDE Samaritans can provide vital support for students concerned about their exam results.

Last year exams and studying stress came within the top dozen reasons for people contacting the Samaritans.

On the days the A-level results and GCSE results were announced received an increase in calls. Feelings students might be experiencing include panic, anxiety, fear about the future, guilt and despair.

A spokesman for Teesside Samaritans, said: "When young people have been told for years that good exam grades are the ticket to the rest of their life, it is no wonder they feel stressed about their results.

"Exam grades can feel like a measure of people's intelligence, sometimes even of their value as a person, rather than whet they should be, namely a measure of knowledge and skills on a particular subject matter.

"Young people shouldn't be made to feel their whole life hangs in the balance based on heir exam performance. Parents, teachers and friends need to help them take a step back and remember life doesn't stop. There are lots of options available to them to make a positive start to the next phase of their life, whatever that piece of paper says."

To talk to the Samaritans telephone 08457 909090.

For practical support on how to deal with exam results log-on to Samaritans' exam support page on www.samaritans.org/talk/exams/results.shtm Parents can find out more information about what their child is going through by visiting www.samaritans.org/deal

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Aug 24, 2007
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