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In Preparation for Exam Results

Our suicide prevention advisors offer the following advice over the next few days...

Exam results day is fast approaching, and it can be a stressful time. It’s important to remember that while it can be a cause for celebration for some, for others it can mean that they feel extra anxiety and pressure.

If you, or someone you care about, is feeling the pressure of the exam results day, read on for our advice and guidelines for dealing with the day from morning to night

Day before

1) Plan and prepare - map out the next few days

Draw up a list of key contacts, for example;

• Your firm and insurance universities - telephone and email addresses for the main admissions office.

• UCAS clearing helpline

• Key support contacts – friends, family

• Contact details for HOPELineUK (0800 068 41 41)

2) Look into alternative options in case you need them, for example

• Taking a gap year

• Gaining experience

• Retaking your exams

• Going to a different uni/course

3) Take time out and look after yourself

• Plan fun things to do with friends and family to take your mind off your results

• Make sure you eat properly and get a good nights sleep

On the day

If things didn't go to plan?

Don't give up completely you still have options..

• Get some advice from your tutors or the exam helpline

• Contact UCAS clearing helpline for course vacancies at other uni's

• Consider alternatives; take a gap year, work and save up or build up your experience in industry

• Make sure you have people around you that you can talk to if you feel anxious or low

• Remember self care is important during times of stress - don't go overboard with alcohol or take drugs as they can bring your mood down and make you feel worse in the long run.

Day after

Be kind to yourself and take stock - the last couple of days have been intense.

• Look into plan B, if things didn't work out the way you wanted. Maybe explore a couple of alternatives and weigh up the pros and cons of each

• Make sure you have supportive people around you

• Stay in touch with your tutors at school or college who will be able to advise you on what to do next

• Get some head space and spend time with the people that are important to you

• Give yourself time to recover and recuperate