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'Put wellbeing ahead of exam grades' say Samaritans

PUBLISHED: 17:12 20 May 2018 | UPDATED: 17:12 20 May 2018

The Samaritans say wellbeing should be put ahead of exam grades Picture: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The Samaritans say wellbeing should be put ahead of exam grades Picture: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Samaritans is calling for parents, teachers and employees to put wellbeing ahead of grades this exam season.

The charity says students are more likely to do themselves justice if they keep their exams in perspective rather than face intolerable levels of pressure and stress.

Judy Wright, director of the Ipswich and East Suffolk branch, said: “Learning to manage your emotions - build resilience, develop communications skills and positive ways to cope with difficulties - is as important as learning to read and write.

“We would urge anyone involved in exams and supporting young people wit their studies to ensure students look after their emotional health.

“That way they are likely to cope better with the stress of exams and achieve better too.

“Whatever stage you’re at in life, exams are not everything.”

If you feel overwhelmed by work or exam stress, you can call the Samaritans free and anonymously on 166 123.

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