#MatricFocus: Expert advice on what parents need to be on the look out for

#MatricFocus: Expert advise on what parents need to be on the look out for

As much as the announcement of the Matric results are met jubilation, it is important to note that this time period may not be a good time for some.

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The matric class of 2020 are expected to get their results on the 22nd of February. 

READ: Matric results: Helpline for matric pupils, parents

The week of the 14th of February to the 20th of February also marks Teen and Suicide Prevention Week. 

Stacey and J Sbu will be featuring some insights for parents and students for the month of February focusing on the class of 2020. The topics and conversations will be tailored and have the opinion of an expert. 

This week, the focus is on mental wellness. 

It is no secret that the suicide rate spikes during this time period, with many students feeling the mounting pressure to pass their final year. 

READ: #WomenUnlocked: A mental health check-in with Dr Khanyile

Mental wellness is a subject matter that is very close to Stacey and J Sbu's heart. Just last year, the duo had a mental health check in facilitated by Dr. Khanyile. 

It was Stacey who had an emotional breakthrough during the show. If you missed it- you can catch up below:

The team contacted SADAG Operations Director, Cassey Chambers, for some advice for parents and guardians on the worrying signs that they need to look out for during this time. 

Please listen to this important audio in the podcast below: 

According to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG), 9.5% of teen deaths in South Africa are caused by suicide. One of the triggers could be exam disappointment.

Numbers to book mark: 

Suicide Crisis Line
0800 567 567

SADAG Mental Health Line
011 234 4837

Cipla 24hr Mental Health Helpline
0800 456 789

Adcock Ingram Depression and Anxiety Helpline
0800 70 80 90

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