Exam re­sults time a ner­vous one for pupils

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Most peo­ple can re­mem­ber that ner­vous feel­ing.

The en­ve­lope fall­ing through the door, the deep breath be­fore you tear it open and find out, at last, how you got on in your ex­ams.

The method of re­ceiv­ing re­sults may have changed, but the same feel­ings would have been felt by hun­dreds of pupils across Ruther­glen and Cambuslang on Tues­day.

Whether it is Na­tion­als, Highers or Ad­vanced Highers you are sit­ting, ex­ams can be ex­tremely stress­ful, per­haps too stress­ful with so much em­pha­sis placed on them.

They can either open new doors for stu­dents or leave oth­ers won­der­ing what they are go­ing to do with the next step of their lives.

Some are stay­ing in school, oth­ers will go on to univer­sity while many more will take their first steps in the work­ing world.

Re­gard­less of the re­sults, all the stu­dents can be proud of the work they put in. We at the Re­former hope ev­ery­one got the re­sults they wanted and go on to do what­ever they want with their lives. You can read about the lo­cal pic­ture on page five.

Else­where this week, as the Scot­tish sui­cide fig­ures for 2016 were re­leased, we spoke to three peo­ple who suf­fered from men­tal health prob­lems only to be helped by Healthy n Happy in Ruther­glen.

Firstly, I would like to thank all three for bravely open­ing up to us about their ex­pe­ri­ences.

Men­tal health is of­ten for­got­ten about. Be­cause it can­not be seen it is brushed un­der the car­pet and is rarely talked about.

I hope the sto­ries on pages six and seven will en­cour­age oth­ers to come for­ward and seek the help they need.

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