Parents Advised To Monitor 2020 Matrics Mental Health

Matric results will be announced this afternoon while learners will head to schools tomorrow for their results. In light of this parents have been advised to check in with learners mental health as 2020 did prove to be a very difficult year for the matrics due to Covid-19. 


The 2020 matrics faced many challenges during their final academic year due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown. There were countless interruptions across South African high schools due to the fast spread of the virus and this affected many learners' mental health and ability to focus at schools. 

Learners have lost loved ones, teachers and school staff and this took a toll on their emotional and mental well-being. 

Despite this the 2020 matrics had to complete the academic year and write their final exams, which also saw issues unfold such as the leaks of two papers. 

The final matric results are set to be announced by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga this afternoon 22 February at 4 pm and then learners will head to schools tomorrow for their individual results. 

Many matrics are excited to receive these results while others remain nervous for fear of failure. 

Cassey Chambers from the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) spoke to eNCA saying that parents should monitor these matrics and offer their support where they can. 

"Parents have to constantly check in and see how they're doing and offer support and really encouraging them to speak to someone even if it's not the parent," says Chambers. 

She says that should the parents notice that some alarming symptoms are lasting for more than more than a week or two they should consider finding some serious help for the learner. 

Some of the signs that parents could look out for is the learner talking, writing or posting about suicide, if they isolate from family and friends, if they withdraw completely, feel negative or their eating and sleeping patterns are changing. 

"If you even see one warning sign, follow your gut ask directly 'how are you feeling, I'm really worried about you, let's talk about it',"

"Don't wait until they tick off every checklist for you to take it seriously and to get them help"- SADAG Operations Director, Cassey Chambers.

 Visit the SADAG website for more information on how to help teens who may be struggling with their mental health. 



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