HEALTH: Why A Level results are not the ‘be all and end all’


A Level and BTEC results alike are due to be released tomorrow for students across the county, and as a consequence the well-being of those awaiting the arguably crucial grades is thrown into the spotlight.

Thursday the 15th of August is D-Day for many young people across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole as they receive those long awaited exam results. 

This can be a very stressful period for those young people who no doubt have toiled over their coursework for two gruelling years.

Some will be toasting their success, others may experience disappointment as they fail to achieve the results they hoped for, but according to local charities and organisations all is not lost.  

Notably the Samaritans are urging for well-being to come first on exam results day, over and above anything else. They say that as nerves start to fray, those receiving their marks, and those that care for them, are asked to put well-being ahead of grades and ask for help coming to terms with their results. 

Natasha Devon MBE, mental health campaigner who represents the interests of teenagers and teachers said to the Samaritans; “Increasingly, exam stress is cited as the biggest negative influence on the mental health of the young people I work with.

Of course, I’m not going to deny that results are important, but exams and grades only measure a very specific sort of intelligence. A grade doesn’t say everything about you and what you have to offer the world.”

Using the hashtag #TalkToUs on twitter, the Bournemouth Samaritans encourage those who are having a difficult time during the stressful period to get in touch at any time by calling 116123 or emailing . They are also set to be on-hand at Littledown Centre this Friday if you want to find out more about the Samaritans and how they can help. 

Last year, Samaritans volunteers spent over one million hours providing emotional support to people who needed help.

The Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole council and also on hand to help with tools and advice to aid those receiving their A Level results tomorrow as well as the GCSE results that are just around the corner too. Click here to find out more.






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