The matric results can bring about relief for some but it can also be the catalyst for depression and suicide in others and relatives need to look out for warning signs.
These signs include talking or joking about suicide. Depression can be identified by a person doing something like giving away favourite things, loss of interest, self criticism and sudden aggressive behaviour.
Very often Matrics find it difficult to cope with their results and event he most basic form of counselling could mean the difference between life and death for some.
The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) has introduced a helpline dedicated to assist students at two of the country’s biggest universities.
Students experiencing high levels of stress at the University of Cape Town and University of Pretoria have been provided special channels by the organisation.
The organisation was responding to a recent study conducted by the Journal of the American Medical Association, which revealed that over 120,000 medical students experience depression with some reporting suicidal thoughts.
The organisation's Tracy Feinstein explains: “We’ve seen that universities recognise their student wellness centres may not be able to fully support students at the volume needed. To partner with Sadag to contain this is a great initiative.”